A nationally recognized First Nations elder will speak this week at Brandon University about the healing of individuals, families and communities affected by the legacy of colonization in Canada.
Gerry Oleman, a member of the St’at’imc Nation from Tsal’alh (Shalalth, B.C.), has been involved as a change agent for First Nations communities and agencies since 1976, providing counselling and leadership on the local and national levels.
He has facilitated more than 600 workshops in Canada and the United States.
"I came to the realization that all First Nations in Canada have the same suffering and challenges," Oleman said.
"All challenges are man-made therefore they can be healed and fixed using our traditions and laws that worked for us for thousands of years."
Bruce Strang, dean of arts at BU, says Oleman will speak to students in the university’s new clinical specialization in native studies program, the only undergraduate degree offered in North America linking aboriginal healing and traditional knowledge with a counselling focus.
"Elder Oleman has a unique perspective on healing that complements our unique clinical specialization program," Strang said.
"We are honoured that he will be sharing with our community."
The public is invited to meet and hear Oleman on Friday from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. in BU’s He Oyate Tawapi ceremony room (Room 141, Health Studies Building).
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 17, 2013