Decolonizing Healing Practices

Embracing Indigenous Knowledge and Resilience

With Dr. Michael Yellowbird and Dr. Ed Connors

Date: March 17th & 18th 
Location: Canad Inn Polo Park

Early Bird: $225 – Until February 1, 2020
Regular: $250- After February 1, 2020
Full-Time Student (ID Required): $225
Group (10 or more): $200 each

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No refunds within 30 days of the event.

This conference will explore Indigenous ways of knowing and being and the connection to healing. Why embracing culture is bringing wholeness and healing and shifting the dialogue from intergenerational trauma to intergenerational resilience.

Day 1: March 17th- Dr. Michael Yellowbird
Neurodecolonization and the Medicine Wheel: An Indigenous Model of Wellness
The Medicine Wheel is a symbol used to represent wholeness, balance, and the natural cycles of life. It consists of a circle with four quadrants: Mind, Body, Spirit, and Emotions. This presentation discusses how our wellness might be improved by combing Indigenous and Western-evidenced based sciences into the Medicine Wheel. 

Day 2: March 18th- Dr. Ed Connors
Life Promotion and Leadership for Life
Life Promotion as a new paradigm for addressing suicide within Indigenous communities is quickly becoming the primary approach of choice to prevent premature unnatural death/suicide. This presentation will provide participants with an understanding of how this concept has evolved from Indigenous perceptions about living long and healthy lives.

Participants will learn:

  • Understand how Indigenous ways of knowing and being are important connections to healing
  • Understand resilience and its promotion as a function of cultural identity
  • Understand how paradigm shifts can move us from a deficit-based approach to a strengths-based approach
  • Understand the emotional-mental-physical-spiritual connection in healing interventions

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Dr. Michael Yellowbird  is a celebrated Indigenous scholar in social work and Indigenous studies, and the Dean of the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Yellow Bird brings his dedication to
creating a new dialogue in decolonizing social work approaches, cultural rights and Indigenous peoples’ health. He is the former Director of the Tribal and Indigenous Peoples Studies Program at North Dakota State University. Internationally recognized, he promotes meditation, traditional mindfulness and contemplative practices—known as neurodecolonization—and inspires people to create positive thinking patterns that challenge oppression. His scholarly work is shared in several books, articles, community scholarship, program evaluations and reports. Dr. Yellow Bird, has worked with numerous Indigenous communities, teaching about healing the trauma of colonialism.

Dr. Ed Connors is a Psychologist registered in the Province of Ontario. He is of Mohawk and Irish ancestry and is a band member of Kahnawake Mohawk Territory. He has worked with First Nations communities across Canada since 1982 in both urban and rural centres. His work over this time has included Clinical Director for an Infant Mental Health Centre in the city of Regina and Director for the Sacred Circle, a Suicide Prevention Program developed to serve First Nations communities in Northwestern Ontario. While developing the latter service, Ed worked with Elders and apprenticed in traditional First Nations approaches to healing. Today his practice incorporates traditional knowledge about healing while also employing his training as a Psychologist. Ed serves as an elder/advisor for Enaahtig Healing Lodge and Learning Centre and the Native Mental Health Association of Canada.

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