2017 Events

For all workshops, please register in advance by sending an email to nwtwellnesssociety@gmail.com. Payment is needed (via email or in person) to guarantee your spot. Thank you for understanding.



Healing Touch for Children
Collective Soul Space, Lower Level Scotia Centre, 5102-50th Ave
Saturday, April 29, 1:00 – 4:00 | $20

Hosted by Sylvie Francoeur

This workshop emphasis the belief that all children are capable of learning and using healing energy for their own self-care and self-comfort, as well as for the care and comfort of others. This workshop is for children aged 6-9 years old (and an accompanying parent) to learn basic energy concepts in a simple and enjoyable format as well as how to create a stronger sense of self. Participants will come away with 12 simple and easy tools they can use in their daily life.

The book, My Helpful Healing Touch: A Guide for Empowering Children is included. Healing Touch is a gentle, complementary energy-based approach to health and healing.


A Simple Hello Can Shake the World
Lower Level Scotia Centre Boardroom, 5102-50th Ave
Saturday, May 20, 1:00 – 3:00 | $10

Hosted by Emily Roback

Most people take their ability to hear for granted but almost four in 1000 Canadians are born with some degree of hearing disability or will develop early progressive hearing loss. Yellowknife is about work-life balance. It is also where the adventure can begin again. Environmental stressors can play a role in reducing or eliminating ones ability to hear sounds around them.

The purpose of this presentation is to provide simple techniques on how to restore and improve your hearing before considering hearing aids or surgery. Being partially deaf means knowing how to use music and technology to improve health and well-being. It is a wonderful experience to be able to hear someone say hello and return the greeting with self-confidence. Self-confidence is the best outfit in all environments. Participants will have an opportunity to learn 5 different relay systems and how to create an audio-visual accessible home and work environment.


Naturally Dene – Plant Medicine Workshops
Out on the Land, location to be confirmed
Saturday, June 10, 9:00 – 5:00 | $20

Guided by Lila Erasmus

This full-day workshop is an opportunity to learn and harvest the plants that grow naturally within Denendeh.

In the morning, Lila will take participants out on the Ingraham Trail to learn about and collect native species plants that can be used to make teas, salves and even medicines. As a group, you will learn how to infuse plants into oils to extract the medicine properties. After a healthy traditional lunch (provided), participants will learn how to process the infused oil into a cream, producing naturally derived products that can be used at home.


Our Home, Our Health – Keeping our Home Healthy
Lower Level Scotia Centre Boardroom, 5102-50th Ave

Tuesday, September 19, 6:30 – 8:00 | $10

Hosted by Ryan Beissel, Health Canada

Do I know what goes into the products I use each day? Is there a health risk or hazard? How can I reduce the risks to myself and those in my care?

We don’t always know how to answer these questions. The Chemical Awareness Learning Modules (CALM) workshop can help you answer them!

In our daily lives, we are exposed to chemical substances that are found everywhere (for example, cleaning products, drugs, substances in dust, in water, etc.). Because of this, it can be difficult to identify exposures to chemical substances in the environment, but their long-term effects can lead to very real health problems. Adopting a preventive approach can limit such exposures and improve individuals’ health.

The CALM workshop is intended for people who work directly with vulnerable populations (children, pregnant women, First Nations and Inuit, seniors and people with specific medical conditions). The workshop aims to equip participants to be able to identify sources of exposure to chemical substances in daily activities and help them minimize health risks.

Topics discussed with include the following:
– Chemicals in our environment and their effects on human health.
– What is the difference between hazard and exposure, and how can we identify risks?
– How to manage risks properly.
– Strategies for communicating risks to people.
– How can “Canada’s Chemicals Management Plan” help the public manage risks from chemicals.


Nurturing the Mother
Collective Soul Space, Lower Level Scotia Centre, 5102-50th Ave
Sunday, October 22, 1:00 – 4:00 | $20

Hosted by Amber Henry and Sara Aloimonos

Nurturing the Mama is just as important as nurturing your new baby or child. No matter what stage of parenting you’re in, without self care and/or proper nutrition, you will find caring for your child(ren) more challenging than it needs to be.

In this session, we will discuss various ways you can find some Mommy time, how to properly nourish yourself (and your children), who you can call for help, what resources are available in town and listen to each other for peer support.

For a more engaging and relevant session, we recommend that mama’s of this workshop have a babe under the age of one years old. Other older children should be under the age of five. For the comfort of all participants, breastfeed newborns can visit as needed or brought along (if necessary).


Reconciliation Belongs to All of Us
Janiver Room, Explorer Hotel
Saturday, November 4, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Due to limited space, pre-registration is required:

  • Full day, includes snacks = $20
  • Morning only, includes snack = $10
  • Afternoon only, includes snack = $10

Please join the NWT Wellness Society in bringing our community together to support each other in a good way. We will be offering an opportunity to share in the experience of being Indigenous as well as listen to local healers who understand how to make change in our community. This event is open to everyone to attend.

9:00 am – 9:30 am: Arrival

Morning coffee, tea and snacks will be provided.

9:30 am – 9:45 am: Welcome Remarks, Opening Prayer

9:45 am – 12:00 pm:  The Blanket Exercise

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history we are rarely taught. Developed in response to the 1996 Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples – which recommended education on Canadian-Indigenous history as one of the key steps to reconciliation, the blanket exercise covers over 500 years of history in a one and a half hour to two hours participatory workshop.

Blanket Exercise participants take on the roles of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Standing on blankets (sheets) that represent the land and Turtle Island, they walk through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. They are directed by facilitators representing a narrator (or narrators) and the European colonizers. Participants are drawn into the experience by reading scrolls and carrying cards, which ultimately determine their outcomes.

By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy. Ideally, the exercise is followed by a debriefing session in which participants have the opportunity to de-role and share their thoughts and feelings about their experience. This takes form of a sharing circle.

This Blanket Exercise will be facilitated by Maggie Mercredi, with the assistance of several other individuals and support workers.

12:00 pm: Closing Prayer

12:00 – 1:30 pm: Lunch Break (not provided)

1:15 – 1:30 pm: Arrival

Afternoon coffee, tea and snacks will be provided.

1:30 – 1:45 pm: Welcome Remarks, Opening Prayer

1:45 – 3:00 pm: Panel Discussion

This panel discussion will turn our minds to make change, heal and build community based upon love and compassion for each other. The panel is comprised of local healers who will provide thought provoking discussion on how to heal as a community. In order to make effective change, we need to use the resources that are currently available to us. The local Indigenous community is working to heal from the effects of past traumas and to do so effectively, they must honour their cultural roots. This panel will conclude with discussion period that offers the community an opportunity to make a contribution to this very important topic. This panel will be facilitated by Lila Erasmus. Panelists include: Roy Erasmus Sr., Donald Prince, Kimberly Fairman, Dr. Nicole Redvers.

3:00 – 3:15 pm: Break

3:15 – 3:30 pm: Keynote Address

We are honoured to have Marie Wilson speak to us about her work at the TRC and how healing is such an important part of moving our community forward. Marie is one of three Commissioners chosen to lead the historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Calls to Action by the TRC include Child Welfare and Health, but can also be considered backbone of all of the recommendations. What are the calls to action, what do they mean? If we were going to start to enforce the calls to action within in our community, what would that look like and where would we start: how can our community become involved in implementing the Calls to Action by the TRC.

3:30 – 3:45 pm: Q&A, Discussion

3:45 – 4:00 pm: Closing Remarks, Closing Prayer

This initiative is made possible in part by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between the Yellowknife Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.

Cette initiative est rendue possible grâce au Fonds communautaire pour le 150e anniversaire du Canada, qui est une collaboration entre Yellowknife Community Foundation, les fondations communautaires canadiennes, le gouvernement du Canada et des leaders extraordinaires de l’Atlantique au Pacifique à l’Arctique.