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The Indigenous Wellness Team (IWT) at the FNHA uses a ‘sexual wellbeing model’ to build and strengthen conversations around traditional knowledge and ways of being in regards to healthy sexuality. It is a strengths-based model, which acknowledges healthy sexuality as an important aspect of overall holistic health and wellness. Discussions around sexual health are often disease-focused and based on physical aspects of health, and the IWT works with communities to broaden this perspective, recognizing the importance of exploring the intersection of healthy relationships, identity, adulthood and rites of passage, and protecting communities, from a trauma-informed lens.
This session will cover:
- Definition of healthy sexuality
- Trauma-informed practices in sexual health education
- Inclusive language use
- Overview of Sexual Wellbeing model
- Approaches organizations and health professionals can take to support healthy sexuality in their communities
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About the Presenters
Andrea Medley, Andrea Medley is from the Haida Nation of Old Massett, Haida Gwaii. Since graduating from Simon Fraser University with a degree in Health Sciences/Gerontology, she has worked in public and Aboriginal health in a variety of capacities, from health policy to community outreach. She is currently a member of the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network’s National Aboriginal Research Advisory Committee. Andrea has been honoured to work with the First Nations Health Authority since 2014, and is thrilled about her role as Indigenous Wellness Educator on the Indigenous Wellness team, which designs culturally relevant curriculum and workshops that promote healthy sexuality and harm reduction with First Nations communities. Andrea is passionate about health promotion, harm reduction, traditional healing, and sexual health education, and brings her experience as a community member, learner, and volunteer to this educator position.
Len Pierre, Len Pierre is Coast Salish from Katzie First Nation. He was born and raised on Barnston Island in Surrey BC located on the Fraser River. Len has spent the last ten years in Aboriginal Education on multiple levels. He began his career in education by working in schools as an Aboriginal Child & Youth Care Counsellor before becoming the Director of Education for Katzie First Nation. From there he moved on to working with the Urban Native Youth Association as Program Coordinator for the Native Youth Learning Centre. Before coming to FNHA he spent the last four years working as an Education Assistant and Cultural Facilitator for Surrey Schools. Len attended the Native Indian Teaching Education Program at UBC and UFV in 2009. He also has a diploma in Child & Youth Care Counselling and a diploma in Television & Radio Broadcast from the Vancouver Institute for Media Arts.
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