Health and Wellness Program

The Health and Wellness Program offers a variety of activities that focus on different ways to take care of the body, mind, spirit, and emotions.

The program helps women to:

  • Heal from trauma, violence, and abuse,
  • Increase their self-awareness, and
  • Learn tools for coping and spiritual insight.

 Click HERE to download Health and Wellness Program brochure.

Program Activities

Buffalo Gal’s Drum Group

Buffalo Gals is an Aboriginal Style Drumming Group that was founded in January 2004. A group of 6 women called Womyn’s Tribe agreed to teach drumming and songs to women in the North End. Now over 50 women and girls of all ages gather together at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday to drum, sing, and celebrate the Aboriginal culture.

The group provides an outlet for artistic development, role modelling, self-expression, and healing. It educates women about the Aboriginal art of drumming and the related ceremonies and teachings.

Buffalo Gals perform at many events organized by organizations from all over Winnipeg.

Any woman can join the group and no registration is required. For the duration of the group, the Centre can provide drums to women that don’t have their own.

Drumming participants:

Youngest Drum Group Members, January 2012
  • Learn traditional songs and drumming techniques
  • Meet other women who are on a similar spiritual path
  • Become a part of a supportive community
  • Heal from trauma, violence, and abuse
  • Return to their cultural roots
  • Learn to make their own drum
  • Perform at community events

Women Transforming Group

  • Weekly group that will help you to build self esteem and heal from violence and trauma
  • Support other women and be supported by them
  • Share and learn healing methods from various cultures
  • Grow personally and transform yourself
  • Try hands on art activities
  • Some of the sessions of this group need registration in advance. To register contact Jaki at 204-594-0470 or jaki@newcentre.org.

Physical Activity Group 

  • Weekly gentle, relaxing yoga for core strengthening and stretching
  • Great for anxiety, depression, addiction recovery, and healing from trauma and violence
  • Achieve physical relief from arthritis stiffness and pain and other physical imbalances
  • Meditate to calm the mind, ease tension, and improve breath and self-awareness
  • Drop-in group – no registration is needed


Urban poling 2

NEWC’s Health and Wellness Program hosts instruction in Urban Poling, February 2015

Honouring the Aboriginal Culture

  • Bi-monthly sessions featuring different cultural activities and Ceremonies such as drum making, sweats, sage picking, etc.
  • Explore an Aboriginal perspective on ways to nourish your body, mind, spirit, and emotions
  • Drop-in group – no registration is needed

Eat And Learn Sessions

  • Have a tasty and healthy lunch: low fat, low sodium, and full of vegetables
  • Grab nutrition tip sheets and recipes
  • The food is made from scratch with fresh ingredients
  • Drop-in group – no registration is needed

For more information about the Health and Wellness Program contact Jaki at 204-594-0470 or jaki@newcentre.org.

Drum Fiest and Pipe Ceremony, September 2011