13th Annual Connect Event

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Registrations are closed

The 13th Annual Connect Event is now closed and no longer accepting more registrations. We will however be accepting names for our waiting list. Please email daisy.giroux@calgaryunitedway.org to be put on the waiting list should someone decline from their registration.

13th Annual Connect Event

Connect with community members to learn about the ways in which we decolonize mental health throughout various sectors.

When and where

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YMCA Camp Riveredge 1215 50 Avenue Southwest Calgary, AB T2T 2V8 Canada

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About this event

The Connect Event is an annual gathering that provides participants with opportunities to better understand the strengths and contributions of the Indigenous community in Calgary and surrounding areas.

The theme for this year’s Connect Event is “Aksistooyiipaitapissin (the thing that motivates someone to stay alive–hope).” Conversations will focus on:

  • Decolonizing mental health practices
  • Reclaiming Ceremony during trying times
  • Addressing holistic care models to overcome trauma

Participants of the Connect Event will put those into practice so that various sectors can experience what decolonized practice could look like in the work they do.

Spurred by the pandemic, recovery of Indigenous children at residential schools, and increasing attention to social justice issues across Turtle Island for Indigenous people, many community members have been called on to provide healing and wellbeing to others. Encouraging new models will increase success and provide greater outcomes for all.

During this one-day event, taking place September 22, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Listen to expert keynote speakers discuss decolonized mental health
  • Critically examine the ways we implement mental health models for Indigenous community members
  • Participate in learning circles with Elders and community members (archery, purification, art, and challenge courses)
  • Implement strategies to make changes and support Indigenous community members in an ongoing way.
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