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Sweat Lodge Opening at CAMH’s Queen Street site

June 20, 2016 - ​CAMH is expanding its cultural healing practices for its First Nations, Inuit and Métis clients and patients.

A Sweat Lodge is opening at the Queen Street site on June 23 on ceremonial grounds behind 10 White Squirrel Way. 

Sweat lodge under construction
Building of the sweat lodge

Sweat Lodges have been an ancient healing tradition for Indigenous Nations throughout North America and throughout the world in many cultures and regions. The Sweat Lodge ceremony is intended to cleanse and heal the body and mind – restoring balance and well-being.

“CAMH is using this holistic form of therapy to help First Nations, Inuit and Métis clients with addictions and mental health challenges,” says Dr. Renee Linklater, Director of CAMH’s Aboriginal Engagement and Outreach. “CAMH will be the first hospital in Ontario to have a fully operational Sweat Lodge.”

“CAMH is committed to providing culturally appropriate clinical services in partnership with Aboriginal communities and other stakeholders, using a holistic approach based on the values, beliefs and traditions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples,” says Diane Longboat, Elder, Aboriginal Service.

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