ON-NEIHR Webinar: A Trauma-Informed Land-Based Response to COVID-19 in the City of Toronto with Dr. Jeffrey Schiffer
Moderated by Dr. Suzanne Stewart
Elder: Clayton Shirt
Talk Abstract: For tens of thousands of years Indigenous peoples have understood the connection between land and holistic wellness. In recent decades, Western scientists have further legitimized this Indigenous knowledge through a canon of research that demonstrates that simply being outside in nature promotes human health and wellness. In this presentation, Dr. Schiffer will showcase a trauma-inform land-based program that was developed at Native Child and Family Services of Toronto to support Indigenous children and families through the COVID-19 pandemic across the City of Toronto. He will share the outcomes associated with the work, and the major lessons learned that may be transferrable to other organizations and communities.
Speaker Bio: Jeffrey Schiffer is a cultural anthropologist and child advocate with German and Métis ancestry. He was born and raised in unceded Coast Salish territory, and is an adopted member of the Bear family of Peguis First Nation. Dr. Schiffer completed his PhD in anthropology and education at Columbia University. His dissertation focused on decolonizing Aboriginal child welfare in Canadian cities. He has held positions at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society, the Justice Institute of British Columbia, and the City of Toronto, and is currently the Executive Director at Native Child and Family Services of Toronto. Dr. Schiffer also serves on the Board of Directors at the Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council, the Association of Native Child and Family Services Agencies of Ontario, and the Child Welfare League of Canada, and is a member of the City of Toronto’s Aboriginal Affairs Committee.
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