Intergenerational: A Mother and Son’s Healing Journey
With Shawn Johnston and Lila Bruyere
This workshop discusses the intergenerational trauma from colonialism and the Residential School System and the impact it’s had on the life of survivor Lila Bruyere, her parents, her children, and grandchildren. Lila and Shawn share their personal stories of the many obstacles they had to overcome in order to earn their education. They speak about the supports in place that helped them on their healing journey, and the work they both are completing in the community today.
Lila Bruyere is originally from Fort Frances, Ontario and the mother of three sons. She is a Residential School survivor and attended St. Margaret’s Residential School in Fort Frances from the age of six until she was fourteen years old. Lila speaks about her experience in residential school system and discusses how she has turned a nightmare into positive healing. Today, Lila is a pipe carrier, a retired jingle dress dancer, and carries teachings from Northern Ontario woman elders. She is proud to share her story and experiences in classrooms, at conferences, and community events.
Shawn Johnston is a Two Spirit Anishinaabe from Couchiching First Nations located on Treaty #3 Territory. He is currently the Events Coordinator for the Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre at the University of Waterloo. He helps to provide academic and cultural support to both secondary and post-secondary students. In his free time, Shawn speaks at conferences and in classrooms about issues impacting First Nations peoples. Shawn’s passion for community work has allowed him to become the recipient for numerous awards. His goal is to keep giving back what has been given to him, hope.
Suggested donation of $10
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