Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

1:30 - 4:00, Room F124, Abbotsford Campus

Presenter: Charlene Hellson

Unpacking the Backpack

Charlene Hellson is a member of the Siksika Nation, part of the Blackfoot Confederacy.  She leads several lives as mother, performer, writer, and manager of the Aboriginal Mental Health program for Alberta Health Services.  She lives in Vancouver. She previous lived in Calgary where she has established a reputation as a community artist and advocate for mental health.  Charlene truly believes in the healing potency of the arts.

"Unpacking the Backpack" was written, and performed for the conference "Cultural and Mental Health Practice: Honoring Our Differences" in 06. It is an educational and experiential monologue that speaks to the heart and creates a new understanding of the historical impact upon the mental health of Aboriginal people in Canada today.  This one-woman show will take you on an empathic journey through the story telling tradition of Aboriginal people.  This unique learning experience has been described as "moving, eloquent, and courageous.""

Here's a video link of Charlene:

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