NEW DATE: Workshop on trauma-informed engagement with Indigenous members 

Note: If you previously registered for the September 24 workshop, you do not need to register again for the rescheduled date. You will automatically be sent a new link to join the virtual workshop in the coming weeks.

This workshop will explore how intergenerational trauma can impact our work as union leaders and activists and discuss best practices for supporting and representing members impacted by these traumas.

The two-hour, interactive session is designed to serve as a conversation as opposed to a lecture, and it is divided into four parts, which includes time for a Q&A session for participants to engage with the content. It’s open to all members, but will be of particular interest to members who hold an elected position with their local or component.

  • What: A virtual workshop, “Introduction to trauma-informed engagement with Indigenous members” 
  • Who: Myrna McCallum, founding lawyer of Miyo Pimatisiwin Legal Services 
  • When: Saturday, November 26, 12:30 p.m. EST  

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More about the workshop 

This workshop aims to educate local representatives and stewards who work with Indigenous members by: 

  • Increasing knowledge about trauma, how the brain reacts to trauma, and the first steps for creating self-awareness while working with traumatized persons; 
  • Exploring ways to ensure the psychological safety of members we work with who have experienced trauma; 
  • Understanding key concepts of cultural humility and cultural trauma in an Indigenous context; 
  • Understanding vicarious trauma and why it’s an occupational hazard or risk; 
  • Learning best practices for working with Indigenous members. 

There will be an Elder and support resources available during the event and up to three hours following for those that need to talk to someone.  

Learn more about Myrna McCallum’s work by listening to The Trauma-Informed Lawyer Podcast (English only), an education in trauma, resilience, compassion, empathy, humility, boundaries, vicarious trauma, and good professional relationship strategies. 

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November 2, 2022