CALS EDC lunch and learn: “Cultural Trauma of Our Collective History and Present” – Feb. 8

“Cultural Trauma of Our Collective History and Present”
February 8, 2021
12:00 – 1:00 PM
Virtual via Zoom:
The session will be recorded for later viewing

Building capacity for non-Indigenous allies to work respectfully and authentically within Indigenous communities requires a strong understanding of historical and ongoing cultural trauma, and the resilience and ingenuity of Indigenous communities. Please join us as we welcome Barb Blackdeer-Mackenzie, Community Healer and Indigenous CARES Director at Healing Intergenerational Roots (HIR) Wellness Institute, as she shares a social justice-informed and culturally rooted Intergenerational Healing Approach™ that improves mental health and wellness outcomes for Indigenous and underserved communities. During this session, Barb will demonstrate that the trauma experienced, intergenerationally, from social injustice, racism, discrimination, and the cascading effects of Historical Trauma, require culturally responsive, relevant, and community-informed and co-created mental health services and programming. This session carries a trigger warning for individuals carrying intergenerational trauma.

This lunch and learn session is the second in a series of five focusing on the Our Shared Future Heritage Marker, representing the university’s commitment to the Ho-Chunk Nation, and a multi-year effort to educate the campus and the broader community on the Ho-Chunk Nation and the history it shares with the university.

Speaker Biography:  Barb Blackdeer-Mackenzie (Ho-Chunk Nation) is the Community Advocate Resource and Emotional Support (CARES) Director and Community Healer for HIR Wellness Institute (HIRWI). She was recently asked to work on the Wisconsin Department of Justice Missing and Murdered Indigenous Task Force legislative and policy work group. She provides professional development on the following topics: Indigenous/ First Nations/ Native American people and tribal nations; Teachings of the Medicine Wheel (C. Thunder); Mending Broken Hearts; Mothers of Tradition; Survivors of Suicide, Homicide and Genocide (White Bison, Inc.); pan-tribal attitudes; trauma-informed care; historic and intergenerational trauma; community resilience; bias, stereotyping, and prejudice; recovering at-risk youth; physical and sexual violence, sex trafficking and advocacy work. Pre-COVID, Barb worked for Ho-Chunk Nation Social Services and was board president for HIR WI.