Ehrlo Counselling continues the journey toward truth and reconciliation

On Thursday the team at Ehrlo Counselling Services took the next step in their journey towards truth and reconciliation.

Elders and helpers

After inviting Saulteaux Elder Alvin Kequatooway from Sakamay First Nation and Cree Elder Sam Isaac from Ochapowace First Nation and helpers George Kequatooway and Aaron Kaye, the team of counsellors, psychologists, social workers, and clinicians held a traditional naming service and feast on Treaty 4 Territory in Regina. Other dignitaries attended the event including MLA Nicole Saurer for Douglas Park.

“This ceremony acknowledges the respect and strength of the relationship between Ehrlo Counselling Services and the Indigenous people, who we thank for taking care of the land with which we work and live,” explained Shelley Tamaki, registered psychologist and event organizer.

She added, “We at Ehrlo Counselling Services assist others with mental health issues. Good mental health is an integral part of one’s overall health. We wish to strengthen our understanding of our Indigenous clients with whom we work and strengthen our cultural knowledge.”

The ceremony is part of Ranch Ehrlo Society’s ongoing commitment to Truth and Reconciliation and shows respect for the Cree Saulteaux, Lakota, Nakota, Dakota, Ojibway, and Metis people. It is also an act of commitment to Ehrlo’s mental health services and the community.

 “We are individually and collectively taking a personal step toward Indigenous knowledge. Our given spirit name tells us about who we are, aspects of our personality and mission in life to guide us towards living a good life, on a good path, in a good way by taking guidance from our higher power. The Creator guides us to take care of ourselves, our home fires, our community, and our people who are struggling,” Shelley concluded.

Ehrlo Counselling Services received the name of Thundering Buffalo Lodge: the Learning House.

Director of Ehrlo Counselling Natashia Schoenroth stated that the team was honored to participate in such an event as they continue their journey towards truth and reconciliation.  We look forward to attending other such ceremonies in the future.