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Emerging Practices in Decolonizing Family Services: In-Person, March 2023


Tuesday, March 07, 2023 - Tuesday, March 07, 2023

9 AM - 4:30 PM

4370 Dominion St #500, Burnaby ,
Strive Living Society  

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This workshop is designed for professionals working in the family preservation and reunification field 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

Breaks and Meals

There will be a one hour lunch as well as two short breaks. Lunch is not included. There are cafes and restaurants in the area, or you can bring your own lunch. Coffee, tea and water as well as packaged snacks will be provided.                             

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) with the BCAAC and holds a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology. She is a clinical supervisor for family preservation and reunification programs as well as youth services programs with Sources Community Resources. Azadeh enjoys working with families while adapting a culturally safe and trauma-informed lens. She has received advanced training in emotion-focused family therapy and bases her therapeutic approach to working with families on raising parental self-efficacy while helping family members to deeply understand and validate one-another. Most recently, Azadeh has been taking leadership on an organizational level towards reconciliation and decolonization of social services programs.  


The price of this workshop is per-person. This workshop is not guaranteed to run. We need a minimum number of participants.