The Challenges of Getting to Okay in the Telling of Forbidden Stories: Intergenerational, Multiracial, Complex Trauma

  • Richard Vedan, School of Social Work, UBC
    Coach House, Green College, UBC and livestreamed

    Tuesday, November 23, 5-6:30 pm; followed by a reception for those attending in person
    in the series
    Intergenerational Effects of Psychological Trauma
    in partnership with UBC Emeritus College

  • Following the relaxation of provincial restrictions on public gatherings, Green College is no longer registering audience members in advance for in-person or hybrid (in-person and livestreamed) events in the Coach House. All persons attending in-person events are required to provide proof of vaccination and ID, and to wear a mask. Green College reserves the right to deny entry to anyone who does not comply.

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    The presentation will identify aspects of the history of contact between Indigenous People and Settlers that contribute to the contemporary inequitable position of Indigenous People. Amendments to the Indian Act, which explicitly forbade all practice of traditional culture, including storytelling, continue to cause irreparable damage to the core of individuals, families and communities. Equally damaging are the informal, unspoken rules imposed upon individuals, families and communities. Reflecting upon these challenges, Richard Vedan will draw on the work of Indigenous scholars and his own experience as a second-generation residential school survivor, whose great grandparents, grandparents and father all attended residential schools. Indian Reserves and Indian Residential Schools are total institutions that manifest the features of other total institutions such as military organizations. Richard will also speak from his clinical experience as a Social Work Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force/Canadian Forces.

    Richard Vedan is an Associate Professor Emeritus and First Nations Advisor in the School of Social Work at The University of British Columbia. To learn more about Richard, his research, and his background as a social worker and social educator, visit: 

  • Unless otherwise noted, all of our lectures are free to attend and do not require registration.


November 23rd, 2021 from  5:00 PM to  6:30 PM
Coach House
6201 Cecil Green Park Rd
Green College, UBC
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
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