CBC Forum: What can be done to help La Loche?

  • Healing is not a one time event. As a Psychologist and Social Worker, I have had the opportunity to work with people in various stages of healing in relation to trauma. In my many years of practice, I have also had the chance to work with indigenous communities and the wisdom for healing is within the community. If the community identifies that they need more resources, then they do. Maybe there can be a way to bring indigenous healers, and other professionals together that can support the trauma aspect in a collaborative response that can engage the core of this suffering? Trauma forever changes people. It can call in a deeper need for healing that goes beyond individuals and communities and goes to societal healing around oppression, violence, racism and the burden of suffering. There needs to be steps, strategies and humanness involved. Every voice matters, and the communities voice is the most important. The young need to know that the adults have a plan and the young need to be apart of it. In order to heal trauma every day, every decision and every action will matter.
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