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PHO Learning Exchange: Grief, Healing and Trauma

The Grief, Healing, and Trauma thesis by Ashley Nadjiwon was a part of her healing journey through her little brother’s passing (August 2018). This presentation will explore the ways Indigenous healing methodologies create deeper understanding to the Grief and Traumaspecific to Anishinaabe teachings that Ashley holds from her lived experience. It will also present an overview of the differences between Western and Indigenous ways of healing through grief and trauma.

Intended audience: Medical social workers, healthcare practitioners, public health staff who support Indigenous populations, community staff on reservations.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe a deeper understanding of the importance of being inclusive of Indigenous healing methodologies in today’s healthcare system
  • Identify their awareness of Indigenous ways of knowing
  • Describe an awareness of the importance of amplifying and supporting Indigenous people and their sovereignty to traditional healing

Presenter(s): Ashley Nadjiwon

Ashley Nadjiwon (she/her) is an Anishinaabe kwe from Wikwemikong Unceded Territory. Ashley’s Spirit name is Butterfly and she is Eagle Clan.

Ashley has her Master in Indigenous Relations and a B.A. in Indigenous Studies and English Literature. Ashley has been working with Indigenous youth who have been working on building a better future for the next seven generations. Ashley has worked with organizations and institutions to help build good intentional relationships with Indigenous communities. Ashley is committed, passionate and striving to create better relations with Mother Earth.


The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


Public Health Ontario Rounds are a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). In order to receive written documentation for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, please check “Yes” beside the question “Do you require CME credits?” on the registration form.

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Affiliate Members may count RCPSC credits toward their Mainpro+ credit requirements. All other CFPC members may claim up to 50 Certified credits per cycle for participation in RCPSC MOC Section 1 accredited activities.

PHO Rounds are also approved by the Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

For more information or for a record of registration for other Continuing Education purposes, please contact capacitybuilding@oahpp.ca.


Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or capacitybuilding@oahpp.ca.

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Published 3 April 2024