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Understanding Intergenerational Trauma: What Physiotherapists Need to Know


11 April 2024

**Due to unforeseen circumstances, this presentation has been postponed. An updated presentation date will be posted here when it becomes available.

Understanding Intergenerational Trauma: What Physiotherapists Need to Know to Provide Culturally Safe Care to Indigenous Clients

This webinar presentation will help to advance Indigenous cultural safety in physiotherapy practice by:

  • Increasing attendee awareness of intergenerational trauma and its lasting effects within Indigenous communities.
  • Highlighting the connections between colonialism, intergenerational trauma, social determinants of health and the inequitable health outcomes experienced by Indigenous Peoples.
  • Providing guidance to physiotherapists on how to provide culturally safe, trauma-informed physiotherapy services and be a better ally to Indigenous clients and communities.

Presenter, Randal Bell is a Nehithaw (Cree) from a northern Saskatchewan Indigenous community. His Cree name is Asiniy Maskwa ("Stone Bear"). Randal has worked on numerous First Nations communities so he understands Indigenous communities & organizations are faced with unique challenges when developing their community-based services. He also understands that Indigenous people have unique needs that are often overlooked in mainstream service development.

Randal has worked in a quality improvement capacity for the last 20 years in Canada, the United Kingdom & New Zealand. Randal has a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and is currently studying for his Master's degree in Public Health.

Randal has spoken at numerous conferences and expert panels concerning contemporary Indigenous issues like Indigenous Justice and Child Welfare, Primary Healthcare & Continuing Care, Addictions and Mental Health and Indigenous Water Inequity. He has facilitated guest lectures at University of Calgary, University of Alberta, University of Lethbridge, York University, Mount Royal University, Maskwacis Cultural College & Yellowhead Tribal College.

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