Suzanne Methot has received a $12,000 Ontario Arts Council Works-In-Progress grant to complete a non-fiction book on intergenerational trauma in Indigenous peoples and communities.
Legacy: Trauma, Story, and Indigenous Healing (the new working title) discusses intergenerational trauma at the individual, family, and community levels, with a focus on mechanisms of transmission and approaches to healing. It uses both Indigenous science and philosophy and the European medical model to examine the impacts of intergenerational trauma on health and well-being; the connection between intergenerational trauma and lateral violence in Aboriginal communities; and how colonial systems and institutions created and now sustain intergenerational trauma – and how they can help stop it.
Although education, training, Indigenous language instruction, and cultural activities are universally accepted as the way to improve the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples, programs aimed at community development are most often framed around linear, short-term goals that treat only the symptoms of colonialism. We need to re-examine community-based and institutional approaches to health, healing, and well-being, and employ culturally specific frameworks that will respond to the underlying issue of intergenerational trauma as a legacy of colonialism. Legacy reframes how we understand the causes of and possible solutions for contemporary challenges within Aboriginal communities.
Watch for Legacy: Trauma, Story, and Indigenous Healing, coming soon.