It’s been almost 2 years since our return from Korea. I took a job at the Ministry of Children and Family Development in the northern interior of BC. Last week I was privileged to attend a workshop sponsored by the RCMP and the Ministry of Justice in Prince George “Healing through Learning: Trauma-Informed Practice in Northern BC“. Trauma-informed practice is now the buzz. We had several people as Key Note speakers who just simply shared their stories. Theo Fleury, NHL player; JR LaRose from the BC Lions a spokesman for ‘Be More than a Bystander‘; and two women: Kamal Dhillon, a victim of domestic violence and author of her story ‘Black and Blue Sari‘; and another; Aleila Miller, who was severely abused and neglected every day of her childhood life. Every one of these speakers were over comers. Their stories give us all hope that it is possible to break cycles of abuse and trauma.
One of the workshops offered at the conference was ‘Returning to Spirit‘. It was about reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. It’s purpose is to help all of us heal from the trauma of the Residential school experience.
I’m super excited and encouraged to see the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada work being done in our nation.
I look forward to truth and reconciliation taking place in our community!