Words of support and encouragement from Algonquin Elder Albert Dumont is what prompted Rachèle Prud'homme to create “Medicine Wheel Path”.
Rachèle benefits from a variety of professional experiences. She started her career with Canadian University Service Oversea (CUSO) and travelled to Mali, Niger, Sénégal, Ivory Coast, Togo, Guinée Bissau and Burkina Faso as Liaison Officer for West Africa. Her 8 years of employment with CUSO was instrumental in understanding the impact of colonialism on indigenous culture all around the planet.
She decided to raise a family and took a 10 year break to raise her 2 children and ensure that they would have her values and language.
She then moved to Ottawa and worked with young children at Aladin PreSchool Centre and later as Employment Resource Room Coordinator for Carlington Community and Health Services for over 6 years before joining the Child and Family Art Therapy Program at Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, where she worked with over 120 families over her 4 years of employment. Once the funding from Aboriginal Healing Foundation came to an end, Rachèle worked as Employment Specialist/Case Manager for Northern Lights Canada for 3 years, before accepting the role of Program Coordinator for the Faculty of Medicine/Aboriginal Program at U of Ottawa.
In 1996, after experiencing racism in the health system, Rachèle met with Mark Thompson at Kumik Elders' Lodge and took part in the Sacred Sweat Lodge Ceremony for the first time. After discovering the healing power and strength of the Aboriginal culture, she has since dedicated her life to working towards bringing awareness to Aboriginal history and culture. She takes part in Traditional Pow Wows every year as Woman Traditional Dancer and strongly believes that:
'To dance is to pray, to pray is to heal, to heal is to give, to give is to live, to live is to dance.'
Welcome to Medicine Wheel Path.
We provide awareness of the Aboriginal culture by spreading the message of unity among all and hope for a greater future.
Through Medicine Wheel Path, Rachèle works with:
Aboriginal Employee Network-Natural Resources Canada/Réseau des Employés Autochtones - Ressources Naturelles Canada