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Indigenous Services

Indigenous peoples believe that addictive behaviours are symptoms of an imbalance of the body, mind, spirit, and emotions. What we understand as sickness begins in our spirit. It then affects the mind, then the emotions, and finally the body. 
The vision of Indigenous Services is to provide services to Indigenous peoples in a manner that embraces Indigenous values, and respects Indigenous spirituality. 

What We Offer

  • One-to-one traditional counselling
  • The Spirit Circle, a traditional talking circle
  • ‘Healing Through Native Art’ classes
  • Cultural Teachings
  • Services to residents of Georgina Island First Nation
  • Outreach to schools 
  • Referral to Native Treatment Centres 
  • Referral to Traditional Healers and traditional healing ceremonies


The Spirit Circle

ASYR’s Spirit Circle is an adaptation of the ancient Talking Circle, which has been utilized amongst Native peoples for countless generations. Traditional Native people lived in an egalitarian culture and the Spirit Circle is an expression of this equality.

The Circle may be applied safely and confidentially to address conflicts, misconceptions, disagreements or deeper problems, or simply to offer a space to talk about where you are. A Talking Circle is a place of comfort, wisdom, security and redress. It is where people come in search for new directions, abandoning the old, making amends, righting the wrongs and establishing new pathways for tomorrow. It is a sacred place that is usually directed by a Circle keeper, a facilitator, who intervenes and directs the flow of collective energies in the Circle.

During the Talking Circle:

Everyone sits in a circle. The circle is perfect and infinite. It has no beginning and no end. The circle represents wholeness and strength. In a circle, everyone is equal. There are no corners in which to hide.

An object, such as a talking stick, a feather, or a stone is used to denote whose turn it is to speak. The talking stick is passed around the circle in a clockwise direction until everyone has had an opportunity to speak. A person may pass if they choose. If desired, the talking stick may be passed around again.

The conductor, or facilitator, is a helper not a leader. Everyone’s point of view is valid.

Can be used for consensual decision-making.

When opening a circle, smudging the participants with sage will help dispel any negativity they may be carrying with them. Burning a sage smudge during the circle, particularly when emotions are intense, will help keep negativity from entering.