person said to me, ‘Thank you for creating new memories for
our children.’” Another participant told her that “engaging
with the community was wonderful.”
Cutting the Links also organized traditional drawing
classes for children led by an Indigenous artist and teacher.
The illustrations the children drew will be part of a book
project, with text written by the community in their tradi-
tional language. The finished books will be given to families
so they can read stories and learn about their culture and
Another powerful initiative was a men’s healing group of
more than 50 members who came out one evening a week for
eight weeks to talk, listen, share, and learn from one another.
“We bought a powwow drum, and the men became very
emotional,” she says, adding men told her
they had never had an experience like the
one offered in this group before.
“The opportunities presented to the
Lheidli T’enneh community because of
The Healing Fund have a huge impact.
One participant hugged me and said,
‘The workshops are making good memo-
Kathryn Dorrell is the editor of