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Emerging Practices in Decolonizing Child, Youth and Family Services: November 2024


Monday, November 04, 2024 - Tuesday, November 05, 2024

9 AM - 12 PM

Online via Zoom  

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This workshop is designed for family service professionals who are looking to deepen their knowledge and practice in decolonization strategies. We will explore how current practices inform support for Indigenous families, and how we can create space for culturally safe approaches during service delivery. Participants will get the chance to learn through interactive exercises and group work while being guided by the facilitators.

It would be helpful for participants to have some background knowledge in Indigenous Cultural Safety prior to attending this workshop. Indigenous Cultural Safety for Family Support Agencies is available through the BCCF and is also facilitated by Harley Eagle. 

Workshop Highlights:

  • Review Indigenous Cultural Safety in the context of family services
  • Learn how to create "ethical spaces" in social work practice
  • Explore decolonization strategies in service delivery stages
  • Consider creating a community of practice within the field

About the Facilitators 

Harley Eagle is of Dakota and Ojibway Indigenous heritage and a long time resident on Vancouver Island. He is a well experienced consultant and trainer in the fields of transforming conflict, anti-racism, dismantling oppression, cultural safety and trauma healing as well as an Indigenous Cultural Safety educator for the Regional Health Authority on Vancouver Island. He is often contracted to consult and advise organizations, companies and government agencies and invited to speak at conferences both nationally and internationally on issues pertaining to his work. Harley looks to Indigenous life ways to guide his work. 

Azadeh Miley is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) with the BCAAC and holds a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology. She is the Lead for the Integrated Child and Youth Teams with Fraser Health and provides guidance and clinical supervision to children, youth, and family programs in the Fraser Region. In her previous role Azadeh was a clinical supervisor for family preservation and reunification programs as well as youth services programs with Sources Community Resources. Azadeh enjoys working with youth and families while adapting a culturally safe and trauma-informed lens. Azadeh has also been taking leadership on an organizational level towards reconciliation and decolonization of mental health and social services programs. She has been guiding programs and staff in recognizing colonized practices and considering how to weave decolonization into the fabric of programs.

Participant Testimonials 

  • "At the agency where I work, we are just starting to have these conversations so it was really useful. It was affirming and reminded me that relationships and connections are the most important thing. A reminder that it's important to give people time and to make time (I loved the discussion about the clock symbol). Will look at changing some language in our policies and reviewing our sign up forms and written materials. Wonderful reminders to be open-hearted, humble and be curious."
  • "Reminders of equality and the discussion over the ethical space, looking at different ways to describe a process that we are used to and is colonized and reforming it in a more friendly, respectful and safe way."

The price of this workshop is per-person. 

This workshop is not guaranteed to run. We need a minimum number of participants. 

This training will be taking place via Zoom. Participants will be emailed a link to join the session.