April 20th, 2023- Healing from Trauma with IRSSS

The Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS) in collaboration with the UBC Learning Circle will be hosting a conversation on  learning about Trauma Informed care and how to help someone who has experienced trauma.  This workshop will look at the importance of Cultural Safety when supporting a survivor/student who has experienced the Indian Residential School system or Indian Day School.  There will also be a discussion on wellness towards healing by soul retrieval.

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Date: Thursday, April 20th, 2023 (PST)
Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 am


About the Presenters:


Jordie Johnson (Moderator)
Jordie Sxoxomic Johnson is of Secwepemc Ancestry from Esk’etemc First Nation and an intergenerational survivor of the Indian Residential School system. Jordie rejoined the Indian Residential School Survivor Society in 2022 and leads both communications, and community engagement strategies.

Jordie graduated with a bachelor’s degree with a focus in Professional Communications from Royal Roads University, as well, a diploma with a focus in Sports Management from Thompson Rivers University.

For more than ten years, Jordie has been serving First Nations and Indigenous people in health care and healing.


Veronica Haddon

Veronica is of mixed ancestry from Tatasweyak Cree First Nation (Manitoba) & Red Rock Indian Band (Ontario) along with Finnish & Acadian roots. She has a Bachelor of Arts in First Nations Studies and Anthropology joint major from the University of Northern British Columbia. Veronica currently lives, works and plays on the Lheidli T’enneh Territory (Prince George).

Veronica is an intergenerational survivor. Her maternal grandmother and her siblings attended Day School in Ontario. She is a mother of six children, (3 daughters & 3 sons), speaks 3 languages (English, Spanish, French) and is currently learning Nedut’en (Lake Babine), a Carrier language.

Veronica began her journey with the Indian Residential School Survivors Society as the Indian Day Scholar Coordinator in the Northwest & Northcentral Region and currently holds the position as Senior Manager, Trauma Informed Care.

The many traditional teachings and ceremonies are important for Veronicas continued healing journey, as she continues to strengthen her emotional, physical, mental and spiritual well-being.


Henry Morgan
Us’kuu’sel is his traditional name, Henry Morgan is from Gitxsan Nation and is from the Gisgassk (fireweed) Wilp (house) Gwiiyeehl/Xaantxw from Anpayaxw (Kispiox). Henry and his partner have seven children together, five girls and two boys, with nearly all the children close to  graduating.

Henry feels fortunate to be working with the Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS), as both his parents are survivors of the residential school, and he and his brother are both survivors of the Indian Day School system.

For more than ten years, Henry has been on a wellness journey, including a four-year commitment to the Sundance ceremony.  Henry has a personal goal to strengthen his spirit working with and empowering men of another generation, using his Wilp.  Wellness continues to be an important part of his family’s wellness, as he and his family harvest salmon every year along the Skeena River, followed by smoking the salmon at his mother’s smokehouse where his family comes together.

The spiritual gifts Henry receives from his brother and sister strengthen his skills and provide him the confidence in finding his voice and space within his family.


Tara William

Tara William is a member of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, raised in Witset.   Tara is a Gitxsan-Wet’suwet’en decent from the Lax Gibuu – House of Spookw, raised in the Wet’suwet’en Traditional Governance system with the Gitim’den Clan.
Currently residing on the traditional territory of the Wet’suwet’en, parenting her 3 teenage children.  Tara started her wellness and healing journey by attending self development programs in 2006, everyone’s experience is different which she enjoyed most of those programs and tools always came to mind and heart when faced with difficult situations.  One statement that always stays with Tara is “If I always do what I’ve done, I’ll always get what I’ve got” and that drives her to challenge herself to do things differently.



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