September 19, 2017
1:30 pm to 3:00 pmAdd to Calendar (iCal) Add to Google Calendar
Transformation to Normalization
About the Session:
This presentation will describe, identify, and indicate how the translation and dissemination of our ‘traditional knowledge bundles’ improved cultural safety within our Agency and specifically within our mental health and addictions Behavioural Health Unit. Through our bundles (personal, professional, and agency) we play a critical role in advocating for self, our clients, families, and communities and create best practices that are community driven. Participants will be brought through the ‘story telling’ of how we came to understand that culture belongs to the people and as such the workshop increases, adds, and expands their cultural competency in terms of traditional practices. This ‘story’ of creating a shift in paradigm or transformation from cultural inexperience to cultural awareness and ultimately cultural normalization through the building of culturally based personal and Agency practice bundle (feather, medicines, methodologies, traditional drum, eagle staff, pipes).
Lori R Flinders, MSW/RSW/CFNHM, is Anishinaabikwe from Couchiching First Nation in Treaty 3. She is a mother of 2, Kokum to 3, and aunty to many. Lori Flinders has worked with Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Service for the past 4 years as the Director of Behavioural Health Services. Lori has been invited to present all over Canada and the United States during the course of her 20 year Anishinaabe Social Work career. She has been instrumental in helping the Corporation bring to life their Sacred Bundle that includes the Agency bundle and staff working bundles. Lori has a Masters of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier and received First Nations Health Managers certification designation in 2014.
Engaging in the Conversation,|Mental Health First Aid, First Nations, Inuit and Métis
About the Session:
Encourage everyone to register for a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Course specifically, an Indigenous Adaptation. Taking MHFA can awaken our courage and give us the confidence to have open and honest conversations about mental health with families, friends, and community members. The course reflects on lived experiences and acknowledges the historical context, then move forward to explore ways to restore balance on our journeys to wellness. Engaging in the Conversation is a step in the right direction to promote health and wellness.
Ann M Seymour, is an Ojibway, married to a Mohawk and a mother of four Oji-Hawk children. Ann is a registered member of the Wikwemikong Unceded Territory. Ann is a Registered Social Worker and currently, works as an Indigenous Program Specialist with the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Ann’s past experiences include 8 years of Medical Social Work including In-Patient Psychiatry, Assertive Community Mental Health, Trauma, ER and Medical unit experiences. Most recently, Ann was the Regional Coordinator, Aboriginal Suicide Prevention & Mental Wellness Initiative in Fraser Health Authority in British Columbia. Ann is passionate and enjoys working with others to advocate on behalf of Indigenous people.