The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal

Treaty 7

In two years time, Calgary will be home to the new Indigenous Gathering Place. It will be a place for urban Indigenous peoples and non-Indigenous peoples dedicated to supporting Indigenous cultural practices.

When Princess Lightning, 22, looks back to her youth, the Cree woman recalls lacking one main thing, especially when she was troubled — a safe space to embrace her culture with other Indigenous youth.

As a survivor and leading academic expert on the ‘60s Scoop era, University of Regina social work professor Raven Sinclair has been an important  voice on the lasting impact of the forced child welfare system on Indigenous communities within Canada.

Many Indigenous youths are unaware of the intergenerational trauma caused by residential schools. Because of this, experts say they are often left uneducated on the topic while struggling to cope with its effects. However, through youth initiatives both inside and outside of Southern Alberta Indigenous communities, the healing conversations are starting to happen.