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Inclusive Trauma Informed Practice Through a Lens of Cultural Safety


Thursday, December 12, 2019 - Friday, December 13, 2019

9 AM - 4 PM

Williams Lake  

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This training has been moved to Williams Lake. For more information, or to register please email Lynn at

Through an exploration of our own cultural upbringings, values and traditions, participants will reflect how these influence our perspectives and practice.

Using interactive group discussions, case scenarios, and introspective activities, this workshop will help participants to better understand what trauma is, how to recognize its signs and symptoms, and develop strategies to sensitively and compassionately support children and their families. Participants will learn about:

  • How colonization, power imbalances and institutional discrimination affect health and child development
  • Adverse childhood experiences and the effects on brain development, physical development and emotional regulation
  • Trauma responses
  • The importance and relevance of Cultural Safety (CS) and Inclusive Trauma-Informed Practice (ITIP) in early childhood interventions

About the Facilitators 

Orah Chaye is of North African and Scandinavian descent growing up with a strong Oriental cultural influence since age 10. A highly experienced Educator and Consultant for nearly 30 years, she has developed the Creative Process Trauma Informed Practice methodology approach. Working extensively in Indigenous, Refugee and Immigrant Populations, Orah is contracted for a wide variety of In-Service development projects to various agencies; and also invited to present at numerous conferences and symposiums. She has a particular interest in early human brain development, and its correlation to early attachment.    
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. 


Please ensure you watch the following programs and talks before the training. 

  1. CBC's documentary series, "8th Fire: Aboriginal Peoples, Canada & the Way Forward" - two 10 minute clips: 8th Fire clip 1, 8th Fire clip 2*  
  2. How a People Live - a 45 minute documentary aired on CBC
  3. Creating Environments for Indigenous Youth to Live and Succeed - Tedx Talk by Tunchai Redvers

*Full episodes can be accessed here and most public libraries.

Please note that this workshop is not guaranteed to run. We need a minimum number of people enrolled in order to be able to run it.