The Challenges of Getting to OK in the Telling of Forbidden Stories: Intergenerational, Multiracial, Complex Trauma
Richard Vedan, School of Social Work, UBC
Coach House, Green College, UBC
Tuesday, November 23, 5-6:30 pmin the series
Intergenerational Effects of Psychological Trauma
The presentation will identify excerpts 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. The damage caused was not accidental but the manifestation of that which was fully intended. Equally powerful in the damage caused are informal, unspoken rules that dictate individuals, families, and communities. Reflecting upon clinical practice, research and program development I will review the challenges the unspoken informal rules present for an individual or group’s healing journey. Reference will be made to the work of Indigenous scholars and my own journey as a second-generation residential school survivor whose great grandparents, grandparents and father attended residential school. Indian Reserves and Indian Residential Schools are total institutions and manifest the features of other total institutions such as military organizations. Drawing from my clinical experience as a Social Work Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force/Canadian Forces comment will be offered on the powerfully unspoken informal rules and cultural norms not conducive to a healing journey for Indigenous Veterans such as my father Hector or for non-Indigenous Veterans and Serving Members of the Navy, Army, and Air Force.
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