Register now: Workshop on trauma-informed engagement with Indigenous members 

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, September 24, 1:00 p.m. EDT  

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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. 

Note: 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.  

The workshop is being held in the lead-up to September 30 — the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also known as Orange Shirt Day. The federal statutory holiday honours the lost children buried in unmarked graves at residential schools and the survivors of residential schools, their families, and communities who continue to deal with the post-traumatic effects of the residential school system. 

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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September 2, 2022