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Sagamok Celebrates National Aboriginal Addictions Awareness Month in November!

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"The Wellness of One

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National Aboriginal Addictions Awareness Month (NAAAM) is our annual celebration of hope and healing for the community. NAAAM is a month filled with workshops, presentations, and events highlighting addictions, harm reduction, recovery, and related topics.



Hope to see you all out there!


November 2nd, 2018 – Sagamok Bowling Club

9:15am – 2:30pm @ Espanola Bowling Alley. A ridiculously fun outing to the bowling alley to engage in some physical activity with others while enjoying socialization and many laughs.


November 3rd, 2018 – Pipe Ceremony

10:00am @ New Community Hall. Please join in a pipe ceremony to start the month and the rally in a good way.


November 3rd, 2018 – Addictions Rally

1:00pm–8:00pm. Registration at the New Community Hall then a rally/march thatgoes to the Multi-Educational Centre where people will be speaking about addictions, recovery and their wellness journey. There will be a community feast, and the band Relic Kings will provide entertainment.


November 4, 11, 18, 25th, 2018 – Sewing

6:00pm – 9:00pm @ SagamokNaandwejige- gamik Large Resource Room. Please join us for sewing every Sunday.


November 5th, 2018 – Sweat Lodge
6:00pm @ Saswin. Please bring tobacco offering and wear a skirt.


November 5th, 2018 – We Care Community Concert

6:00pm @ Multi-Educational Centre. Join us for the We Care Community Concert with multi-award winning singer-songwriter, dancer, children’s author and advocate for youth, Errol Lee. For more information, contact Darlene McNaughton at BiidaabanKinoomaagegamik at 705-865-2387.


November 5,6,7,8th, 2018 – Sacred Fire

8:00am @ Saswin. A pipe ceremony will be held to begin the 4 day fire. It will help community members by way of offering tobacco to ask for our prayers to be answered by Creator.

November 5th& 7th, 2018 – Couch to 5k

4:45pm – 5:45pm @ the track. Join a supportive group of community members that are all working toward a similar fitness goal of learning to run and/or become more physically active. Drop-ins are welcome, participants are encouraged to exercise within their means (walk, push a stroller, or job as long as you can). All ages welcome.


November 6th, 2018 – Stages of Change

1:00pm-2:30pm @ Saswin. This workshop will guide you through the stages that individuals move through during their recovery. These stages include pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, maintenance and termination/relapse.


November 7th, 2018 – Mental Health and Addictions Resource Day

10:00am – 3:00pm @ Millennium Centre. This is a come and go event where service providers across the North Shore will have booths set up and offer pamphlets on their services available. Naloxone kits will be available with training. The canteen will be open for purchases, and a photobooth will be set up for pictures.


November 7th, 2018 – Silver Sneakers Fitness Club

10:30am – 11:30am @ Fitness Centre. A 55+ fitness group that access the fitness centre together, learn to use the equipment in a safe, supportive environment. Exercise while socializing and laughing with others. Transportation available.


November 8th, 2018 – Flu Prevention Day

10:00am – 3:00pm @ Large Resource Room at SagamokNaandwedjige-gamik. Prevent the flu by getting your flu shot or by using traditional medicines from Pat Toulouse. Boost your immune system with healthy eating tips from the dietician. Come in for a bowl of chicken soup.


November 8 + 9th, 2018 – Community Story
5:00pm – 8:00pm @ New Community Hall. Please join us for a discussion on illness and how to overcome it, from a cultural perspective.


November 14th, 2018 – Healing from Sexual Trauma Information Session
5:30pm – 7:00pm @Multi-Educational Centre. GweyaksijigewinTeg (formally Community Justice) is bringing Enaahtig Healing Lodge to talk about their residential program for survivors of abuse and sexual abuse, and the healing journey. 


November 16th, 2018 – Addiction and Relapse

12:30pm – 3:00pm @ Large Resource Room at SagamokNaandwedjige-gamik. Please join Kelly Jeffords, Wellness Counsellor with N’Mninoeyaa, as she speaks on addiction and recovery. Open to 18+.


November 17th, 2018 – Family Volleyball Tournament
10:00am – 3:00pm @ Multi-Educational Centre. A friendly volleyball tournament! Please contact Michael Abitong, Community Mentor, to register a team.


November 18th, 2018 – Paint Social

1:00pm – 3:00pm @ Large Resource Room at SagamokNaandwedjigegamik. Join us for a paint social with Sarah Cormier. Limited to 15 participants. Watch for poster for sign-up details. An excellent afternoon of self-care.


November 20th, 2018 – Gambling Conversation
10:00am – 3:00pm @ New Community Hall. This is a full day workshop that includes guest speakers sharing their stories and experiences in regards to gambling. Lunch will be provided.


November 20th, 2018 – Demystifying Cannabis

5:00pm – 8:30pm @ New Community Hall. Please join us for dinner and information on cannabis. Dr. Lionel Marks De Chabris will be guest speaking and sharing the history on cannabis, as well as its therapeutic benefits.


November 21st, 2018 – Girls Youth Fitness Group

5:00pm – 6:00pm @ Fitness Centre. A supportive group of youth girls (age 12-24) learning how to build more physical activity into their lives by learning how to use the equipment at the fitness centre.


November 22nd, 2018 –Family Communication Workshop
10:00am – 3:00pm @ New Community Hall. Using the medicine wheel, workshop participants will learn how family communication is built on the foundation of respect. There will be opportunities for information sharing on Effective Communication Skills, Expressing Feelings, Empathy, Managing Conflict, Fair Family Discussions, Providing Effective Feedback and some roleplaying. There is an art therapy component where participants will build their own “family communications board” to take home and share/use with their family. For more information on this workshop or to register please call Niigaaniin Ontario Works at 705-865-1385.


November 27th, 2018 – Moose Meat Pie Making

1:00pm – 4:00pm @ Saswin. Join Leroy, Cultural Resource Coordinator, in learning how to make moose meat pie, using the meat caught at Fall Harvest. You will leave this workshop with a pie of your own.


November 28th, 2018 – Healing the Wounded Warrior: Personal Effectiveness for Men
6:00pm – 9:00pm @ New Community Hall. Based on the tradition that men are warriors, protectors and providers for their families/communities, many of our men have been led off their path through addictions, unresolved grief and repressed issues. This workshop helps men develop skills needed to address these issues and become true modern-day warriors. Workshop facilitated by Don Burnstick.


November 29th 2018 – Recognition Dinner
5:00pm – 8:00pm @ Multi-Ed Center. Please join us for a community dinner where we recognize our community members who have been nominated for health and wellness by their peers. This is the wrap up for the month events. Don Burnstick will be the keynote speaker, and will wrap up the event with his family-friendly comedy act!


Come to one event, or all! You will receive one ballot per event attended for prizes drawn at the community recognition dinner on November 29th.


BALLOT regulations:


  1. Must attend entire presentation/workshop (will not receive a ballot if you show up half-way through or at the end)
  2. One ballot per event
  3. Must leave ballot with the worker of the event who will hand in for the drum/container
  4. You are only eligible to win once. If your name is drawn again, it will not be read and another name will be drawn
  5. You must be present to claim your prize
  6. Draw occurs on November 29th, 2018 at the Recognition Dinner.