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ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

Using a trauma-informed lens, Marcie Romenco and Stephanie Stephens will take you on an experiential journey exploring how and why people get lured into fanaticism. With a focus on Indigenous and vulnerable populations on Turtle Island (North Amercia), your cultural competency will be enhanced with an understanding of the untold history that created a social environment grooming for exploitation.

This workshop will shine light on Indigenous culture, exploring some unspoken discrepencies and opening the floor for discussion on the sprectrum from accurate (evidence-based) traditional knowledge versus some modern colonial-impacted Indigenous teachings and protocols that people get sucked into believing.

When people don't know why things are the way they are, and they don't understand why people do the things they do in cultural practices and ceremomies (regardless of accuracy) it is easy to get lured into cult-sure norms and follow a fanatic status quo based on an imposed reality that seems to make sense - so we hope to unsettle this a little.

Finding 'Spirit Strength' for healing uses a traditional knowledge approach and an Indigenous-created healing continuum model assisting service providers working with vulnerable populations to reduce risks of further exploitation, to understand where people are at using a wholistic approach, and to come up with strategies for effective individual and social change.

This FREE workshop is being offered through the generous and kind support of Guelph Community Health Centre. Chi Miigwech (Big thank you) to Jennifer Antler, Indigenous Health Promotion Initiative Coordinator for organizing this event. Marcie Romenco and Stephanie Stephens are Indigenous with career histories in Social Work. They are currently U of T students in their final year of the MSW program, specializing in Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency. Chi Miigwech to Professors Jane Middelton-Moz and Rebecca Martel for their training and encouragement in the creation of this workshop. Chi Miigwech to Maya Odehamik Chacaby and the support of Amikobiin for the consultation, teachings and guidance in the development of this workshop cirriculum.

PARTICIPANT INFORMATION

Registration is required, and full day participantion is essential. Lunch will be provided and participants will be asked to complete a workshop evaluation at the end of the workshop. This workshop is OPEN TO ALL Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals, geared towards professionals (and students) working in the public sectors of health, social services, and education.


AGENDA

  • Welcome & Opening
  • Introduction to Fanaticism
  • Understanding Roots and Routes
  • Historic Trauma and a new Social Metanarrative
  • Experiential Learning Activity
  • Feeling the Impacts/Who is Vulnerable
  • Reflection & Group Discussion
  • How & Why Fanaticism Happens
  • Cultural Vulnerability & Ongoing Exploitation
  • Misleading, Colonial-Influenced Cultural Stripts
  • Vulnerable Populations and Cult-Like Groups
  • Traditional Anishinaabe Story - Unsettling Status Quo
  • Healing Continuum
  • Finding Spirit Strength & Using Traditional Knowledge
  • Strategic Planning for Helping Interventions
  • Closing

Please email amikobiin@gmail.com if you have any questions or if you are registering with dietary restrictions.

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