Healing addictions through culture and community explores successful First Nations community wellness initiatives for healing from addictions. This session features health care professionals Lisa Dyck, RN (Community Health Nurse), Ken Johnson (Drug and Alcohol Counselor), and others from the First Nations community of Esk’etemc discussing the role that their culture has played in the community’s healing from alcohol and substance use.
We are also honoured to host Alex Watts exploring his recovery journey with us as documented in Dennis Allen’s film Crazywater. Alex will share his residential school experience and its relationship to his addictions and encounters with alcohol. He will also talk about his recovery from his past, and most importantly, how Nisga’a culture makes his spirituality brighter and stronger. Sobriety is Alex’s life now, and he “gives back” to society by being an active role model, helping his people, performing, learning his culture, and by teaching others.
Everyone is welcome to attend this free webinar and videoconference session.
About the Presenters
William Alex Watts’ traditional name is “Ax gu kwoot gum gibuu,” meaning “wolf always involved, always participating, wolf never lost.” He is from the Nisga’a/Gitxsan and his home village is called Gingolx, BC that is located at the mouth of the Nass River. He belongs to the Welps of Niislisyan. The Wolf tribe is who he is.
He is living a clean and sober life and has continued to do so since September 25th, 2008. In his Journey, he feels that Giving back to Society is very Important and does so on a daily Basis. He feels deeply he couldn’t do it, or be who he is today without the Love & Guidance of the Creator.
Lisa Dyck (RN BScN) is a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a nurse…. each role completes who I am as a whole. For the past 12+ years I have worked as a RN in many areas, from private nursing to specialized roles in acute care settings. Currently I am privileged to be working as a CHN for the Esket community. I love that my role as a CHN truly incorporates the holistic nature of nursing where I am able to come alongside and support individuals in many different ways; to build relationship.