Among the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2015), recommendations are strong directives for change in child welfare and social work practices that have led to long-term cumulative trauma among Indigenous Peoples. This “collective” trauma impacts people in the present day in the form of unresolved guilt, grief and internalized self-hatred. It originates in the legacy of colonization, residential schools, the Sixties Scoop and ongoing oppression of Indigenous Peoples.
By developing relationships and building trust between helpers and service users, together we can assist in the process of personal and collective transformation from helpless victim, through courageous survivor, to creative thriver.
This training focuses on the present-day impacts of colonization on Indigenous Peoples and healing processes grounded in our original teachings and values that have proven to be helpful, such as the reclamation of cultures, spirituality and positive identities to address intergenerational, historic, and/or collective trauma.
- Understand how Indigenous communities took care of one another pre-contact.
- Describe the impacts of colonization and its connection to intergenerational, historic and collective trauma among Indigenous Peoples today.
- Describe common responses to trauma as they relate to wholistic health, behaviour and relationships.
- Explore helping and healing practices that support personal and collective transformation of Indigenous Peoples, families and communities.
- Explore strategies for developing relationships and building trust with Indigenous Peoples , families and communities.
- Understand how their own trauma impacts the work that they do and the importance of self-care.