Indigenous counsellors lead new Yellowknife men’s group – Cabin Radio

October 11, 2022

“Men are stronger when they stand together,” the Native Women’s Association of the NWT declared last week in announcing a new group: the Northern Brotherhood of Men.

Cody Erasmus and Johnny Ongahak are standing together outside Yellowknife’s Tree of Peace friendship centre ahead of the brotherhood’s first session, which they will lead.

Erasmus graduated from the Northern Indigenous Counselling program at Vancouver’s Rhodes Wellness College, where his father Roy had completed the same course. When Roy and his wife Jean then created a program to teach Indigenous counsellors in the Northwest Territories, Cody helped to run that program – where he met Ongahak, one of the students.

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