Sep 30, 2021  |  12:00pm - 1:15pm

Orange Shirt Day with Health Equity Rounds | Suzanne Methot

Suzanne Methot
Suzanne Methot

Title: Complex Care in a Colonial World: Health Equity Through Trauma-Informed, Culturally Safe Practice

Summary: Indigenous children frequently present as complex cases for one major reason: because colonialism is not good for Indigenous people. Providing specialized care to people who have experienced colonization means using trauma-informed care and culturally safe care to prevent further harm. On these rounds, we will examine the various forms of trauma that have been researched and defined over the past four decades, the effects of trauma on Indigenous people and what this means for their engagement strategies and coping methods, the effects of trauma on Indigenous family structure and function, how trauma changes a survivor’s relationship with their physical body, and the effects of colonization on personal and collective agency. This session will also provide clinicians and other staff with concrete actions you can take to provide trauma-informed care and support Indigenous approaches to healing and wellness.

Bio: Suzanne Methot is the author of the non-fiction book Legacy: Trauma, Story, and Indigenous Healing and co-author of the secondary textbook Aboriginal Beliefs, Values, and Aspirations. She has worked in advocacy and direct–service positions at Indigenous agencies since 1992, using Indigenous culture-based approaches to serve community members who are marginalized by racism, poverty, homelessness, health status, addictions, mental-health challenges, crime, and victimization, and is also a former board member at the Queen West Community Health Centre in Toronto. Suzanne currently works as a consultant to the education and health care sectors, working with school boards and organizations including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Born in Vancouver and raised in Peace River, Alberta, Suzanne is Asiniwachi Nehiyaw (Rocky Mountain Cree) of mixed Indigenous and European heritage. She currently lives on the unceded territory of the Snuneymuxw Nation, near Nanaimo, BC.

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