YMCA in a Sweat Ceremony

This past weekend, YMCA staff had the priviledge of taking part in a traditional Aboriginal sweat. This special event took place at Hull Child & Family Services and it was an honor for YMCA to be part of the ceremony. Staff who took part included Isaac H., Emy U., Helene W. and Eugene M.

“In Aboriginal culture, the sweat lodge empowers the natural elements of our being with the four elements of water, air, fire, and earth. Each element brings a quality of balance to our lives. As you participate in the ceremony, you are purified with breathing, meditating, and in the sharing of words, prayers, songs, and storytelling.

YMCA Staff at the Sweat

A lodge ceremony is a gentle and caring approach to the cleansing of your mind, body, and spirit. Through the experience, your body is cleansed of the toxins within your body, which aids in the de-stressing of your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. The non-threatening, non-imposing, and safe environment allows you to seek your greater power.” (BCIT Aboriginal Services)

YMCA President & CEO Helene Weir commented: “It was a priviledge to participate in the Blackfoot Sweat Lodge Healing Ceremony held by the YMCA Aborignal department this past Sunday. It was a powerful experience that I would recommend to anyone.”

Learn more about YMCA Calgary Aboriginal deparment. There are FREE cultural programs for Aboriginal people of all ages. These include:

  • Aboriginal Day Camps
  • Aboriginal Buddies
  • Y7G
  • Vision Seekers
  • Aboriginal Active Life (including annual BBall Tournament)
  • Aboriginal Drum & Dance