- Date: 11 Apr
- Location: Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, 299 Montreal Rd
Culture as Treatment Youth Symposium- Clearing the Path
Thursday, April 11, 2019:
Service Provider Day
The 1st day of the Symposium is intended for child welfare workers, health care and mental health professionals, addiction counsellors, group home operators, law enforcement and educators working with Indigenous children and youth.
Join the conversation with dynamic keynote speakers on how we, as a community, can respond to the Indigenous youth suicide crisis.
Shaunessy M. McKay
Shaunessy M. McKay is a Mi’kmaq woman from Eel Ground First Nation in New Brunswick. She holds a bachelor degree in English Literature and an honors in Native Studies from St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and is currently adding an honours in philosophy there. She is a single mother and home-schools her son, Tyler. She is, with Roland Chrisjohn, co-author of Dying to Please You: Indigenous Suicide in Contemporary Canada, and is at work with Roland on their next book, ‘…and Indians, too:’ Indigenous Peoples and the Canadian Form of Racism, which they are hoping to complete by the end of summer, 2019.
Tunchai Redvers is a Dene/Metis two-spirit social justice warrior, writer, and wanderer from Treaty 8 territory, Northwest Territories and currently living in Toronto. By the age of 24 she has been named one of MTV and WE Day’s Top 10 Drivers of Change in Canada, has been published in a number of works for her poetry and writing, is the recipient of the Lawson Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Award, and is the Co-Founder of We Matter, a national non-profit organization committed to Indigenous youth empowerment, hope, and life promotion. Her advocacy work focuses on intergenerational trauma, LGBTQ and two-spirit rights, youth empowerment, and the decolonization and indigenization of identity, mental health and healing. She has spent considerable time living, travelling, and working with Indigenous communities internationally and across Canada, and considers herself a nomad just like her ancestors.
Dennis Windego is a registered Clinical Social Worker with the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW). He facilitates and provides psychotherapy in the areas of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders and Complex Trauma. Dennis has been providing one on one, family and group sessions for over 20 years within outpatient treatment settings in First Nations and Inuit communities across Canada. For the past 13 years he has been providing counselling services and workshops for the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay in northern Quebec.
Tanya Talaga is the award-winning author of Seven Fallen Feathers. The book is a national bestseller and winner of the RBC Taylor Prize, a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize and the BC National Award for Nonfiction, CBC’s Nonfiction Book of the Year, and a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book. Talaga has been a journalist at the Toronto Star for twenty years, covering everything from general city news to education, national health care, foreign news, and Indigenous affairs. She has been nominated five times for the Michener Award in public service journalism, and she is the 2017–2018 Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy. Talaga is of Indigenous and Polish descent. Her great-grandmother, Liz Gauthier, was a residential school survivor. Her great-grandfather, Russell Bowen, was an Ojibwe trapper and labourer. Her grandmother is a member of Fort William First Nation. Her mother was raised in Raith and Graham, Ontario. Talaga lives in Toronto with her two teenage children.
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