What If We Created a Healing Lodge as an Alternative to Incarceration?
A Healing Lodge is not an institution, it is a healing space. You cannot get from a doctor, lawyer, or therapist what you get from a mother and your community. In a Healing Lodge it is not about criminality. Instead it is about restoration, community, and family support. It takes a whole-life view.
With a Healing Lodge we can create the possibility of the community embracing the healing process. We can work with families too. We could also create a better way for people to maintain contact with their parole boards.
When people recover, they take their healing out. They can say to another, “I went through exactly the same thing.” People find each other and their way back to culture this way.
There is much to do. We need to find a place. Maybe we could start small and grow, do what we can in a year but get action on the ground while we are at it to build momentum and support for building the Healing Lodge.
Tuesday, June 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Curve Lake Community Centre (20 Whetung St. E., Curve Lake).
This is a free event paid for by the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge, Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee. The committee has as its mandate to host community conversations about issues related to human services and justice in this area and to make access to its network available in support of the decisions people make together during those conversations. The HKPR HSJCC has retained staffing from Peterborough Dialogues to shape and coordinate this gathering. The hosting team includes indigenous and non-indigenous people.