The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is excited to welcome two new employees, Joey David and Harvey Herne, to the Wholistic Health & Wellness Program.


David has worked with Akwesasne Child & Family Services for a number of years before joining Wholistic Health as an Addictions Case Manager. He brings experience in traditional support along with cultural expertise in medicine and wholistic healing to this position. David utilizes the onkwehonwehnéha ohkakowenta or “original person wheel” to help clients and community members develop spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically.


Herne will be working as a cultural specialist for the program after being employed for 21 years at the Partridge House in Hogansburg. Cultural teachings through the medicine wheel and Creation Story are Herne’s specialty and he hopes to continue incorporating indigenous perspective and influence into addiction treatment.


While both men look forward to working with the community, David will be doing one-on-one sessions with individuals and Herne will work on educating groups and classes. Starting February 27th, Herne will be hosting daily classes on a variety of different topics, all related to the effects of multigenerational trauma, effects of alcohol and drugs, and the effects of escapism from reality through substances. Some of the subjects covered are simple smudging, Alaskan prophecy, between cultures, two way valve system, medicine wheel and the Creation Story through recovery. All classes will be held at the Kanonhkwat'sheri:io Health Facility. See class schedule below:


Monday: 4-6 PM @ Turtle Room

Tuesday: 1-3 PM @ Bear Room

Wednesday: 4-6 PM @ Turtle Room

Thursday: 1-3 PM @ Bear Room

Friday: 4-6 PM @ Turtle Room


To kick off the start of their new positions, Herne and David will be co-presenting “Introduction to the Medicine Wheel: Teachings & Addictions” on March 15th at the Akwesasne Housing Authority Training Center from 10 AM - 4 PM. Lunch and snacks will be provided. There is a 50 participant limit, so call soon to register!


The Wholistic Health & Wellness Program is open to referrals from MCA and other outside programs. If you’re an individual looking for assistance and support, feel free to call Wholistic Health at (613) 575 - 2341 ext. 3100.