Join the conversation with Ernie Cardinal as he shares the Indigenous framework he uses to support those struggling with co-occurring disorders.
Front line worker Ernie Cardinal, will be sharing an Indigenized approach to supporting those with co-occurring disorders – mental health and addictions.
The Cree presenter is a member of the Sucker Creek First Nation. While taking the Child and Youth Care program at Douglas College Cardinal first came across the specialized co-occurring disorders program for professionals. From that point Cardinal looked for ways to weave Indigenous frameworks throughout the concepts.
Cardinal’s focus is on supporting vulnerable Indigenous people in their the healing journey. The Circle of Courage and our medicine wheels teachings principals support balance, healing and resilience. Join the conversation February 23, 2016 at 10am to 11:30am!
- What is co-occurring disorders?
- What does an Indigenous perspective on co-occurring disorders look like?
- How do Indigenous ways differ than a non-Indigenous ways when it comes to supporting those with co-occurring disorders?
As a youth Cardinal’s life was entrenched with drinking, drugs, bouts of homelessness, jail and living in a dangerous way. At 17 years old, an Alberta ranch for boys helped Ernie in his healing journey. When a fire in the barn killed most of the animals; 12 newborn goats were left requiring care from the youth. Cardinal was placed in charge of two of these newly born goats. The feedings every two hours taught Ernie how to care, while he watched them grow up. This experience tied in with his Mom’s love, and volunteering at the Friendship Center helped him transform his life. His employment history and academics focus on supporting those who are most vulnerable.
DISCLAIMER: Due to the sensitive subject matter and stories shared during the UBC Learning Circle sessions participants may become triggered. Please ensure you have prepared a support system for yourself in advance in which you may have easy access to. This could mean an Elder, trusted mentor/family/friend, Counsellor and/or crisis contact number.
Please contact the 24 Hour KUU-US Crisis Line at 1-800-588-8717 if you require emotional support. KUU-US services are for First Nations, by First Nations – all crisis response personnel are certified and trained in Indigenous cultural safety. Or call the BC Crises Centre at 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)..