The training program has been designed specific to
residential school issues and
for anyone who wants to move beyond existing
limits and constraints.
This program explores the process of creating
possibilities for individuals and groups to
consciously create a future based on letting-go,
empowerment, trust, collaboration and moving
Returning to Spirit" was initiated and
developed by Marc Pizandawatc, an Algonquin from Kitiganzibi First
Nation, and Ann Thompson, a Sister of St. Anne from B.C. The two met
during a workshop that Pizandawatc was conducting in Yellow knife,
and from that conversation "Returning to Spirit" was born.
Through the initiative and efforts of Bishop Denis Croteau, OMI, this
process was adopted in other dioceses. Five years later, the
workshops have enabled hundreds of church and First Nations persons
to reclaim and reconstitute their personal and communal lives.
These workshops have nothing to do with culture,
religion or legal matters. They are based on the principles of
healing, forgiveness and completion of issues. They provide a process
for people to move ahead in life, by returning people back to spirit.
As spirit unfolds then true forgiveness and reconciliation come
forward. Then there is creative energy to make a future based on
freedom from the past and new choices.