March 26, 2021 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Presented by Denise Findlay & Marla Klyne Kolomaya, Kwaykway Consulting

Intro to gathering medicines, relational model of care & best practice PART 3

Gathering Our Medicine is a community-based kinship program developed collaboratively with and for Indigenous communities calling for programs and services reflecting an Indigenous worldviews. The program acknowledges and situates the kinship circle – family, extended family, elders and knowledge keepers as the experts in restoring care to our communities in the context of our unique placed based knowledge systems. The model and program has been developed to facilitate the restoration of relationship based ways of caring as opposed to “role” based caring to the kinship circle in the context of “the unique worldviews, distinct cultures, values and ways of life, and a range of traditions and practices” of Indigenous people that exist cross culturally. It is an ethical, relational model of care that has powerful implications for practice and carries the potential to transform how wellness supports and healing initiatives for our communities and families are implemented.

This is a 3 part series intended to provide participants with an overview of the Gathering Our Medicine approach A return to our traditional ways of knowing and being Restoring care to our communities – taking care of each other and the kinship circle Creating an ecology of healing, wellness and reconnection Recovering emotional expression through culture Reducing aggression, anxiety and bullying.


About the Presenter

Denise Findlay is a bi-cultural person of Indigenous and European ancestry, proudly belonging to the Squamish Nation, who has dedicated the last 20 years to travelling throughout British Columbia and across Canada supporting Indigenous peoples in-regards to social healing with a strong focus restoring care to communities. Being of Indigenous heritage and working at a grassroots level with peoples most impacted by inter-generational trauma, Denise has adapted her approach to honour and prioritize Indigenous ways of knowing and being that draw on the inherent, often unconscious, wisdom of Indigenous Peoples. This has led to the discovery and application of an intuitive voice and language of the heart in ritual and ceremony that have the power to communicate across typical barriers such as race, gender, sexuality, class, and religion.

Bookings are closed for this session.

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