September 18, 2017
2:00 pm to 3:00 pmAdd to Calendar (iCal) Add to Google Calendar
About the Session:
During this presentation, stories, experiences and leading practices will be shared that demonstrate the impact of partnerships between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous mental health providers to understand and critically look at how mental health systems, services, and supports can be oppressive and reflect the experience of colonization. This presentation will incorporate storytelling, interactive activities and facilitated discussion to engage participants in their own reflection of anti-oppressive mental health practice and to share and honour strategies that promote healing and culture. The presenters will provide an understanding of the context of Indigenous people’s health and wellness, highlight old knowledge/traditional wisdom and new practices to emotional wellness and mental health and anti-oppression. They will share three examples of Indigenous lead mental health initiatives including the following: Indigenous mental health information and service navigation tools; the Journey of Mental Well-being, a support group model that creates space and safety for Indigenous participants to share how the experiences of colonization and structural oppression have negatively affected their individual, family and community well-being and a Youth Wellness Promotion program.
Annette Alix Roussin, BA, BSW, RSW (MSW candidate). Annette is an Indigenous Ojibwa woman who is a registered citizen of Berens River First Nation Manitoba. Annette has spent the majority of her career practicing as a clinical social worker and program specialist in both the education and health sectors with a focus on Indigenous mental health and well-being.
Marion Cooper, BSW, RSW. Marion was born in Labrador and has been an ally and partner of Indigenous communities seeking to contribute in a good way to the reclamation of culture and wellness. As a mental health leader who has worked in the community sector in various positions since 1992. In December 2014, she assumed the role of Executive Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association – Manitoba and Winnipeg.