The Healing of the Seven Generations assists First Peoples residing in the Region of Waterloo and surrounding areas. We work with individuals and families who are suffering the inter-generational impacts of the residential school system. This includes growing up in dysfunctional families; emotional, physical, sexual, and spiritual abuses; poor self-esteem or poor self-image as a First Peoples person; loss of culture; lack of awareness of cultural identity, teachings, values, and traditions; poverty, and addictions.
We welcome First Peoples from all ages, genders, and cultural groups, including status and non-status First Nations, Métis, and Inuit individuals and families.
If you are suffering from the intergenerational effects of the residential school system, please check out our programs or community events or stop by the Healing of the Seven Generations at 300 Frederick St., Kitchener, Ontario and talk to one of our staff.
A Note on Terms Used:
Within the Healing of the Seven Generations organization, we highly prefer the term First Peoples to Indigenous, Aboriginal, Native, First Nations, FNMI, etc. and will employ this preferred nomenclature over this website. This preference is not uniform across our First Peoples’ community. There were hundreds of languages and dozens of distinct First Peoples cultural groups or “nations” in North America prior to the formation of the Canadian state, each with their own descriptors for how they preferred to be described. These groups have been categorized, from the outside, as one cohesive entity without understanding or respect for their diversity. In this context, the terms used as descriptors for our communities serve to subtly reinforce and remind us of policies that worked to erase our identities, and often come loaded with negative connotations. We feel it is important to acknowledge this erasure and work to redefine our terms on our own terms in our path towards reconciliation.
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