In this session professionals will learn how to apply Indigenous approaches when working with behaviours perceived to be challenging. Participants will explore perspectives on behaviour and behavioural intervention in a way that works in harmony with the values of different Indigenous Peoples. Professionals will move on from theory to practice and consider ways they can create cultural safety, and work with Indigenous children and their families in a way that is uplifting, respectful and decolonizing. This workshop offers perspectives grounded in Indigenous values and teachings and suggests ways that mainstream approaches can, and perhaps cannot, be compatible with these values and teachings. It is assumed that participants have a basic working knowledge of colonization and the history and culture of the Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island.
Jessica Pratezina is a MA Student, Child and Youth Care.
Wanda Edgar works with the Spirit of the Children Society in the field of Aboriginal Supported Child Development.