For Northern Indigenous Counselling students, the past 18 months have been a highly personal journey – NNSL Media

For Northern Indigenous Counselling students, the past 18 months have been a highly personal journey – NNSL Media

by ahnationtalk on May 13, 202225 Views

At 60 years old, Billy Archie says he’s still learning how to be of service as an Elder.

With the advent of the Truth and Reconciliation movement, he says he was inspired to take on a new career and learn new skills to become a community leader.

Later this month, Archie will become one of 15 students, representing 11 NWT communities, in the first graduating class of the Northern Indigenous Counselling initiative.

The program is the initiative of Jean and Bill Erasmus, therapists and certified life coaches who founded the counselling company Dene Wellness Warriors. Jean Erasmus says the idea for the program came out of her experience offering emotional support at an event hosted by Indigenous Services Canada in 2019. “Out of all three territories, there were 54 counselors, and I was the only Indigenous one,” she says.

Read More: https://www.nnsl.com/news/for-northern-indigenous-counselling-students-the-past-18-months-have-been-a-highly-personal-journey/

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