What is the Purpose of this Guide?
This one-of-a-kind guide was designed to help you connect with Indigenous Communities in Kingston, Tyendinaga, Napanee, Deseronto, Sharbot Lake and Bancroft. The guide includes listings of Indigenous services, and community-based groups and events. We have also included voluntary, community-based activities that are often the essence of sharing and caring Indigenous Communities. In addition, the guide includes some general services for families and children. We hope you will find the guide useful whether you are seeking information for yourself, a friend, or client.
Who is this Guide For?
This guide is for Indigenous people and families. The word “Indigenous” refers to people with First Nations Ancestry. If you have an auntie or uncle or grandparent, great-grandparent, or mother or father who identified as having Inuit, Métis, Indian or Native heritage, then you have First Nations Ancestry. You do not need a status card or membership card to use most of the services in this guide. Some of the services are directed to a specific membership or to Status Indians, in which case, we indicate the service is restricted to Members, or serves only On-Reserve residents. This guide is also a valuable resource for anyone working with Indigenous clients, families, and communities.
What do the Feather and Shell symbolize?
Feather and shell symbols are to identify individuals or organizations that can help you connect to Elders, Community Knowledge Keepers and Teachers, or find Ceremonies and Sacred Medicines. Think of the guide as a helper. Each community knows who their Elders and Knowledge Keepers are, and the way in which healing and helping is most readily available. It is important to reach out and talk with others in your community.
Feather: Helping to access Community Elders, Knowledge Keepers, Ceremony, (e.g. Sweat Lodge, Moon Ceremony, Water Ceremony).
Shell: May be able to help you get four sacred medicines (Sweetgrass, Cedar, Tobacco, Sage).
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