Indigenous knowledges and practices are becoming a recognized and significant component of service delivery systems that support healing and wellness. Such practices are being incorporated and integrated throughout the work of helpers and healers in many Indigenous and mainstream organizations. This conference will draw on decolonizing methodologies and trauma informed approaches to discuss ways to support young parents in their journeys. Specific attention will be given to self-care of the service provider in efforts to address wholistic health and encourage principles necessary for trauma-informed organizations.
SPEAKER: Renee Linklater, PhD – Renee is a member of Rainy River First Nations in Northwestern Ontario. She has over 25 years of experience working with Indigenous healing agencies and First Nation communities. Renee has worked across the health and education sectors as a frontline worker, program evaluator, curriculum developer, educator/trainer, and researcher. She is an international speaker on trauma and healing and is the author of Decolonizing trauma work: Indigenous stories and strategies and editor of Connected in Creation: A Collection of Lived Experience through Cultural Expression. Renee is the Senior Director of Shkaabe Makwa – Centre for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Wellness at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and is actively involved in several system level initiatives across the province.
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