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32 years of being a functioning addict.


49 years of trying to fit into society.


A lifelong struggle to understand the inner battle of being both an Indigenous and a British settler in Canada, Ryan Deneault's upbringing was a constant battle of not fitting in.

As a mixed-race individual, Ryan never felt at home in either of the worlds he straddled. Today, Ryan's unique journey is the foundation for Healing Between Worlds. Through lived experience, Ryan shares his unique story to help others find their healing path, teaching about Canada’s history, Truth and Reconciliation, the implementation of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and about journeying through addiction to wellness and recovery.

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Photo: Ryan at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. Photo taken with permission and with the blessing of Tk’emlups te Secwépemc.


Healing Between Worlds nurtures healing, connection, and understanding between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in Canada.


To provide resources, education, and support for individuals, groups, and communities to bridge indigenous and non-indigenous cultures in Canada. Through empowerment and inspiration, all people can embark on their own journey to create a more just and equitable world.



Truth is the path
to long-term


To be courageous,
we are first


Courage walks through fear, fails, falls forward, gets back up and keeps walking.


A healthy
human is a
connected one.

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