welcome to

The Red Road Healing Society

There are no fees and everyone is welcome; to either partake in programs or simply drop by for coffee. Daily newspapers, a telephone, and referral binders on education, employment, health and social services are available for ‘drop in’ use. Counselling, specific referrals and home support are through appointments, and on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis. Red Road school programs of culture, literacy, tutoring, ‘Baby Think It Over’, Tobacco and Drug Prevention are ‘on going’ throughout the year; and regularly in the society’s meeting rooms.

Remembering

Restoring

Renewing

Reach Out

Work with members in your community and make a difference

Vision

To walk with all our relatives on the Red Road of life by remembering, renewing and restoring our traditional roles and values that bring life; so as to continually move forward, ‘in a healthy way,’ as Indigenous People.

Path

We do this through providing professional social, educational, legal and health services through an existing cultural, grassroots, community based agency; that provides a spectrum of holistic services for children, youth, adults and families of the West-end community.

Find Your Inner Power by Helping Others

The Rationale

It is important to begin to remove the initial barriers of generational trauma by providing professional services for Aboriginal people by Aboriginal people. Through this professional Indigenous approach to programs and services, we help our people remember, restore and renew their traditional teachings and values; thereby, bringing balance and wellness back into their lifestyle. Only then, can we truly assist our people in moving forward with their lives in the sense of education and career development.

Traditionally, in the tipi, everyone is valued equally; therefore through provision of an egalitarian neighborhood environment that values everyone in the community equally; and where people practice the sacred values that provide one with the direction, guidance, knowledge and wisdom that they need in life; only then, has one the opportunity to be valued for who they are, and the ability to clearly move forward.

Strategy

The Red Road Healing Society is a not for profit Child and Family Resource Center that is accessible, friendly, safe, warm, welcoming and free. This holistic wellness programming provided for children, youth and families, utilizes a variety of indigenous cultural perspectives, knowledge and practices.

Statement of Need

In the West-End area of Edmonton and throughout Turtle Island there is a high population of Aboriginal children, youth families and individuals who are suffering from the effects of multi-generational trauma as result of residential schools, colonization, relocation, smallpox, inflicted Christianity and loss of culture.

Goals

To reduce the abuse, apathy, isolation, low self-esteem, stress, grief addiction, violence and general pain in our peoples' lives (Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal). We strive to increase our participants' knowledge of Indigenous peoples' educational, health, legal, psychological and social life ways, rights, values and beliefs through cultural lens.

The Red Road

The long road winding began in the stars, spilled onto the mountain tops, was carried in the snow to the streams, to the rivers, to the ocean. It covers Canada, Alaska, America, Mexico to Guatemala, and keeps winding around the indigenous.

The Red Road is a circle of people standing hand in hand, people in this world, people between people in the spirit world, Star people, Animal people, Stone people, River people, Tree people. The Scared Hoop.

To walk the Red Road is to know sacrifice and suffering. It is to understand humility. It is the ability to stand naked before the Creator in all things for your wrong doings, for your lack of strength, for your dis-compassionate way, for your arrogance. Because to walk the Red Road you always know you can do better. And you know, when you do good things, it is through the Creator, and you are grateful.

To walk the Red Road is to know you stand on equal ground with all living things. It is to know that because you were born human, it gives superiority over nothing. It is to know that every creation carries a Spirit, and the river knows more than you do, the mountain knows more than you do, the stone people know more than you do, the trees know more than you do, the wind is wiser than you are, and animal people carry wisdom. You can learn from every one of them because the have something you don’t. They are void of evil thoughts. They wish vengeance on no one, they seek justice.

To walk the Red Road you are given rights. You have the right to pray, you have the right to dance, you have the right to think, you have the right to protect, you have the right to know Mother Earth, you have the right to dream, you have the right to vision, you have the right to teach, you have the right to learn, you have the right to grieve, you have the right to happiness, you have the right to fix the wrongs, you have the right to truth, you have the right to the Spirit World.

To walk the Red Road is to know your Ancestors, to call to them for assistance. It is to know that there is good medicine, and there is bad medicine. It is to know that evil exists, but is cowardly as it is often in disguise. It is to know there are evil spirits who are in constant watch for a way to gain strength for themselves at the expense of you.

To walk the Red Road, you have less fear of being wrong, because you know that life is a journey, a continuous circle, and a scared hoop. Mistakes will be made, and mistakes can be corrected- if you will be humble. For if you cannot be humble, you will never know when you made a mistake.

If you walk the Red Road, you will know that every sorrow leads to a better understanding, every horror cannot be explained, but can offer growth.

To walk the Red Road is to look for beauty in all things. To walk the Red Road is to know you will one day cross to the Spirit World, and you will not be afraid.

I walk The Red Road.

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