HSABC Webinar: Reclaiming Home-Indigenous Perspectives on Homelessness

10:00 AM, August 22, 2023

Webinar Description:

Created by Indigenous community for municipalities, service providers, and front-line responders to understand the context of homelessness for Indigenous people.
Learn how to generate challenging conversations and lean into creative, strength-based collective solutions.
Hear from Indigenous people with lived and living experience to learn trauma-informed, evidence-based, culturally safe ways and skills to reduce harm to our unhoused relatives.
Take action to decolonize the current response to this social inequity and public health crisis.

Instructor/s Bio/s: Tonya Robitaille
Tonya is an Anishinaabe Métis woman with kinship ties to the Ktunaxa and Secwe̓pemc First Nations. She currently lives as a guest on the unceded territories of the syilx people of the Okanagan.

​Tonya draws on her training from a range of modalities in her work with community including, Emotion Focused Family Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Play Therapy, shamanic counselling, herbal and traditional medicines, and land-based healing.

She has worked extensively with day school survivors, street outreach with unhoused relatives, and with people healing from addictions and trauma. This work has been foundational to the trauma-informed, heart-centered workshops and healing sessions she creates and facilitates for individuals and communities to honour peoples' healing journeys.

​As an educator, she creates experiential and embodied learning opportunities, inviting people to actively participate and to apply their understandings to create transformative change in their personal lives, communities, and workplaces.

​Deeply committed to empowered Indigenous community capacity building, decolonizing harm reduction and mental health, wellness and substance use, she shares a wealth of lived experience to share in her work with organizations like Foundry, First Nations Health Authority, Canadian Mental Health Association, Health Justice, and BC Mental Health and Substan