Ep 66 – Perspectives on Helping and Healing

This week has had a somber tone for us here at Down the Hall.  Along with other PDCE and ETS colleagues we have been openly talking about the Indian Residential Schools (IRS) and sharing readings, thoughts and feelings surrounding these themes. As UBC suspended classes on the 18th to allow faculty and students to attend the Truth and Reconciliation Commission events in Vancouver, staff were invited to participate in on-campus events, engage in self-guided study and reflection.

We are joined by Sharon Thira, Director of Kloshe Tillicum, a network of aboriginal health researchers who are doing some wonderful work with communities across Canada.  We scratch the surface of some of the issues surrounding the TRC and Sharon shares glimpses of her work with Residential School Survivors, talks openly about the problems with the inception of the TRC and shares her perspectives on helping and healing.

Down the Hall and PDCE honour all Survivors of the Residential School System.  We bear witness to Survivor stories recounting the damage that the Residential School System has done to individuals, communities, our province and our nation and recognize their tremendous courage in sharing these.  We reflect on the children who lost their lives as a result of these schools.  They are all part of Canada’s history that we acknowledge. We hope that through this sharing we can achieve a better understanding and contribute, in whatever small way, towards healing.

This podcast may contain subject matter that is disturbing to some listeners, particularly Survivors of the Residential School System, and may not be suitable for all audiences. An Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line (1-866-925-4419) is available 24 hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of his or her residential school experience.  You can also call the Crisis Line to get information on other health supports provided by the Health Canada Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program.

We’d love to hear from you about your thoughts on our discussions or interviews and we’re always open to hearing suggestions for the show. Email us at podcast.pdce@ubc.ca.

Just a note that the views expressed in the podcast are those of the hosts and guests, and not necessarily the views of either PDCE or the Faculty of Education at UBC.

Episode 66 (57:42)

Time Stamps

00:35 | Introduction
2:25 | Sharon Thira Interview
54:26 | What’s happening at PDCE

First Voices


Down the Hall theme music | “Chased by a Cow” by Heifervescent
Bumper Music | “Searching” by Scabeater

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