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Erika Gagnon

Erika believes that a healer does not heal others but helps others to heal themselves. She is often asked if she is a shaman or a medicine woman, or a wisdom keeper. Her reply? A shaman is a specific healing lineage from Mongolia and Siberia.  “Wisdom carrier” is more appropriate than “keeper,” and the term “medicine woman” is extremely overused. 

Born in Canada, she honors all of the ancestors of her mixed-race heritage but does not identify as First Nations. The wisdom and ceremonies she carries come from her 30 year walk on a medicine path and Red Road. She has dedicated half her life to working with Indigenous elders from North and South America and their ancestral ceremonies, medicinal plants, and altars.  

Erika is honored to have received their blessings to continue their traditions with honor, dignity, and respect. She leads temazcal (sweat lodge), tobacco, water blessing, other healing ceremonies, and personal healing sessions.

Erika Gagnon is a ceremonial leader, wisdom carrier, and healer who helps others heal themselves. She has walked a medicine path and Red Road for 30 years, working with Indigenous elders from North and South America and their ceremonies, altars, and medicinal plants. She is honored to receive her Indigenous elders’ blessings to continue their traditions through healing ceremonies and personal healing sessions.

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Erika Gagnon

Erika believes that a healer does not heal others but helps others to heal themselves. She is often asked if she is a shaman or a medicine woman, or a wisdom keeper. Her reply? A shaman is a specific healing lineage from Mongolia and Siberia.  “Wisdom carrier” is more appropriate than “keeper,” and the term “medicine woman” is extremely overused. 

Born in Canada, she honors all of the ancestors of her mixed-race heritage but does not identify as First Nations. The wisdom and ceremonies she carries come from her 30 year walk on a medicine path and Red Road. She has dedicated half her life to working with Indigenous elders from North and South America and their ancestral ceremonies, medicinal plants, and altars.  

Erika is honored to have received their blessings to continue their traditions with honor, dignity, and respect. She leads temazcal (sweat lodge), tobacco, water blessing, other healing ceremonies, and personal healing sessions.

Erika Gagnon is a ceremonial leader, wisdom carrier, and healer who helps others heal themselves. She has walked a medicine path and Red Road for 30 years, working with Indigenous elders from North and South America and their ceremonies, altars, and medicinal plants. She is honored to receive her Indigenous elders’ blessings to continue their traditions through healing ceremonies and personal healing sessions.

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