Monday March 9, 2020
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Metro Convention Centre - North Building
Narratives of trauma and resilience: how sharing stories helps communities thrive
Join the conference’s public event to explore the far-reaching effects of collective trauma on the people who experienced the trauma, as well as families and communities across generations.
This panel will engage storytellers and academics from diverse backgrounds in a discussion on the role of narratives, personal and traditional, in sharing both traumatic and inspiring experiences to help communities heal and thrive. Historical and personal trauma are often treated with silence out of fear that exposing them would complicate the present and cause more pain. Storytelling and listening to stories, however, can empower individuals and communities, imbuing them with a sense of agency and control over events and their implications. Panel members will share personal and academic perspectives pertaining to historical and ongoing stories of trauma and resilience of North American First Nations (Gros Ventre tribal nation of Montana and Ontario Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation), as well as those pertaining to the Jewish Holocaust and Cambodian genocide.
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