Dene professor talks mental health at IPY conference
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 1:35 PM
Yellowknife, N.W.T. - One of the voices at this week's International Polar Year Conference in Montreal hails from the Yellowknives Dene First Nation.
U of T Assistant Professor in Counseling Psychology, Dr Suzanne Stewart said healing from the trauma of residential schools is a very salient issue.
"The healing has really only just begun,” said Stewart. “What our people need is space and autonomy to do our own healing how we think it should be done in our communities."
Stewart said what that will look like in every community is going to be different.
"Healing is really about looking at how healing is defined and understood in each community and how the people in that community understand what that means and what the healing issues are that need to be dealt with," said Stewart.
Stewart is speaking as part of a panel on communities and health at the conference which features sessions on a wide variety of polar issues.
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