The Community is the Medicine - workshop with Darien Thira @ Musqueam Cultural Centre and Gallery, Vancouver [22 September]

The Community is the Medicine - workshop with Darien Thira

09:00 - 16:30

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Musqueam Cultural Centre and Gallery
4000 Musqueam Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V6N 3S2
Contact UNYA directly to register by Sept 14th: [email protected] (604) 254-7732

The Community is the Medicine: overcoming the effects of colonization and promoting wellness for youth, families and the community as a whole.

Join us for a dynamic, full-day workshop with Dr. Darien Thira! Dr. Thira will be sharing a strength-based, culturally rooted approach to serving indigenous people impacted by colonization.

This full-day, interactive workshop will be inspiring and informative for everyone interested in gaining new knowledge, understanding, and resources to support wellness within Indigenous communities. Counsellors, youth care workers, social workers, and educators will gain knowledge and tools to support the work they do with individuals, and within the community.

This workshop supports us in understanding current problems in terms of ongoing colonization, recognizing the power of cultural values, and drawing on community strengths. From this, we’ll move to identifying the next steps leading to community wellness. Throughout the day, we’ll focus on overcoming the effects of colonization and promoting wellness for youth, families, and the community as a whole.

We are honoured to have Owii`lo`ly`eyum`gaudlth`ni`Ki`insque (Grizzly Bear with a Big Heart), Elder Bruce Robinson, joining Dr. Thira for this workshop. Robinson’s work promoting wellness through teachings in culture and traditional ways of healing continues to be a cornerstone of support to youth and families throughout the Lower Mainland. He works with youth and staff in multiple UNYA programs, and throughout the Lower Mainland with numerous organizations and groups.

Topics we'll be covering include:
• Colonization and the Community
• Traditional Values: The Source of Wellness & Resilience
• The Community is the Medicine: Beyond Colonization

This workshop takes place in the beautiful Musqueam Cultural Centre. Salishan Catering will be providing lunch, featuring wild salmon and other healthy traditional foods.

Registration is $125 (lunch included), and must be confirmed one week in advance.

Contact UNYA to register by Sept 14th: [email protected] (604) 254-7732

This event is hosted by Urban Native Youth Association and the Coming Home Society.

All funds raised through registration will be donated to the Wisdom of the Elders program. The Wisdom of the Elders program is an UNYA initiative, in partnership with the Coming Home Society, creating opportunities for youth to connect with Elders and other traditional knowledge-keepers, to pass on their traditions, knowledge, and spirituality to Indigenous youth, connecting them to their ancestors, their culture, and their community.

Darien Thira is a registered psychologist who serves as a community development and mental health consultant for Aboriginal communities across Canada. He is a fantastic and engaging presenter who has expertise is in the areas of culturally-driven, community-based wellness, resilience and trauma, addiction, suicide, and healing.

For more information on Dr. Darien Thira and his workshops, programs, and clinical services, visit
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