This online course will be streaming live on June 22, 2022 from 8:30am – 4:00pm PT, 10:30am – 6:00pm CT, 11:30am – 7:00pm ET after purchase.
Recorded footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until July 25, 2022. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances.
Registration will close on June 21, 2022.
Viewing End-of-Life Through an Indigenized Lens presented by Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, Ph.D.
Many of us have spent our lifetimes defending our lands, waters, and children’s rights, and it has made a difference, but there are other parts of our lifeways requiring attention as well. Most of us are aware that health care has been a place of significant discrimination. This webinar offers food for thought on how the biomedical model has interfered with end-of-life experiences for Indigenous peoples. The goal is to create awareness and generate a discussion on how the regeneration or restoration of “wise practices” (we have our own ways) is in our own hands, and in the hearts and minds of our Elders.
Culturally Informed Healing Practices for Treating Trauma and Eating Disorders presented by Carolyn Coker Ross, MD, MPH, CEDS
Our culture is how we see and make meaning of the world around us. Our experiences, “what happens to us”, can be interpreted differently depending on our cultural lens. Trauma has been shown in research to be a significant predictor of eating pathology. Research has also shown that culture is a vital element in the development of eating disorders. One way in which culture promotes eating disorders is through understanding that body image issues and eating behaviours may serve as reactions to cultural norms that idealize thinness. While eating disorders have been primarily seen as affecting white middle to upper class women, more recent studies have shown unequivocally that eating disorders occur in ethnically diverse women and in men, with trauma often being a significant risk factor for the development of an eating disorder. Culturally informed healing practices provide an understanding of the social and local contexts of trauma that can enrich a clinician’s ability to improve outcomes for clients with trauma and eating disorders.
Forgetting, Remembering, Restorying: Using Narrative Approaches to Decolonize Colonial Systems and Address Complex and Intergenerational Trauma presented by Suzanne Methot, B.A., B.Ed.
Indigenous peoples use oral tradition to bring past, present, and future together. Helping survivors centre themselves in the present, remember the past, and envision their goals for the future is also a key part of healing trauma. This session considers how the traumatic experiences of colonization have impacted oral tradition in Indigenous families and communities, and the effects this has had on intergenerational survivors. It will also focus on the benefits of narrative-based approaches in addressing physical pain and changing how survivors see themselves. During this session, we will also consider the stories of Canada past and present, and how these narratives determine the work of settler-colonial systems and society’s understanding of health, wellness, and healing.
Indigenous science and medicine connects the internal self to the external world within a network of relationships. Complex trauma distorts relationships and destroys the survivor’s sense of self. Intergenerational trauma takes these patterns and extends them to communities and family systems. Restorying interrupts these patterns and re-centres culture and community as a source of healing. Practitioners also need to restory – and see themselves in the story – if they are to do the work of facilitating these connections.
Creating a coherent narrative out of fractured/fragmented memories helps survivors manage intrusive images, flashbacks, triggers, and re-enactments so they can get to a place where they know themselves and see the world as a safe place. Creating a new narrative about Canadian society helps practitioners know themselves and the institutions in which they work. Stories make the world. What we tell, what we don’t tell, and how we tell it, shapes who we are and what we hope to be.
Trauma…. The New Teacher presented by Joanne Dallaire, LL.D
As an Indigenous educator, I know about the foundational differences between Western and indigenous approaches. The Indigenous paradigm is all about relationships. These relationships cover all the person, from birth to senior. It also includes family and intergenerational trauma, identity and cultural influences.
We will explore how to use this approach and improve the client’s self-confidence and self-reliance. Hopefully, this will result in stronger relationships with clients and better collaborations with other service providers.