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  • Date: 17 - 18 Apr
  • Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
  • Location: Wabano Centre For Aboriginal Health, 299 Montreal Rd

Centering Indigenous Approaches to Defining Human Trafficking

Centering Indigenous Approaches to Defining Human Trafficking

Two Day Training For Service Providers

 by Qwewok Nakii Collective

Laurie Hermiston & Brianna Olson-Pitawanakwat, BSW, MSW.

Wednesday, April 17th & Thursday, April 18th, 2019

9am-4pm (Lunch & light refreshments provided)

Space is limited- max 4 people per organization

COST: $30.00

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Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health
299 Montreal Rd. Vanier

Centering Indigenous Approaches to Defining Human Trafficking

Training by Qwewok Nakii Collective

Description of Training

This two-day training is designed to support an understanding of Indigenous specific definitions of Human Trafficking and Exploitation. Through exploring the roots of violence towards Indigenous communities and the impacts of colonization, participants will begin to see the contentedness of the early exploitative relationships Indigenous nations have had with settlers and the various ways that this relationship still exists today.   Centering on an anti-oppressive and gender-based framework, the training pays careful attention to the nuances and life experiences that exist within systems and society that negatively impact Indigenous peoples, Trans and Two-Spirited individuals. The concept of Indigenous specific definitions of exploitation will be introduced, with the goal of creating a localized approach to addressing the unique indicators that exist within Indigenous communities.

Training Topics Include:

  • Colonialism, the historical and structural context of HT
  • Creating safer space for dialogue on sexual violence
  • HT on the spectrum of sexual violence
  • Trauma and adverse childhood experiences; why trauma informed?
  • Anti-oppression in HT support, understanding choice, coercion and circumstance
  • Regional and Nation specific definitions of HT; tracing and defining the abuse
  • Nation specific approaches to healing and helping HT survivors
  • Strategic approaches; organizing, research and centering Indigenous led initiatives
  • Centering healing and spirituality as practice


For more information please contact:

Isabelle Dion
(613)748-0657 ext.205


Funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services