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Suzanne Methot: Trauma, Story, and Indigenous Healing


Thu Mar 28, 2019
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
60 mins


Toronto Reference Library
Beeton Hall

Indigenous peoples have shockingly higher rates of addiction, depression, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions than other North Americans. According to the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, these are a result of intergenerational trauma: the unresolved terror, anger, fear, and grief created in Indigenous communities by the painful experiences of colonialism, passed down from generation to generation.

Suzanne Methot, a Nehiyaw (Cree) writer, editor, educator, and community worker, shares her own and others' stories to trace the roots of colonial trauma and the mechanisms by which trauma has become intergenerational, and she explores the Indigenous ways of knowing that can lead us toward change.

Her work has been published in anthologies including Steal My Rage: New Native Voices and Let the Drums Be Your Heart, and she co-wrote Aboriginal Beliefs, Values, and Aspirations. She has worked in the non-profit sector, in the classroom, and in advocacy and direct-service positions in Indigenous community-based agencies.

In conversation with Rachel Mishenene, who is an educator, curriculum developer, and writer. Rachel is a member of the Eabametoong First Nation, and is currently an Executive Assistant in First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education at the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario.


This event is part of Indigenous Celebrations at the TPL, where we celebrate First Nations, Métis and Inuit heritage by presenting Indigenous storytelling and literature.

This event is free, and no registration is required to attend.

Photo credit: Red Works Photography


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