JointHealth™ express   July 13, 2022

Dear Arthritis Community Member,

During his visit to Canada July 25 to 29, 2022, Pope Francis is expected to deliver a fulsome apology on Canadian soil for the Catholic Church’s role in running Indian Residential Schools, which would address Call to Action #58 from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report (2016).

Arthritis Consumer Experts invites you to a special webinar featuring a 60-minute presentation by Dr. Terri-Lynn Fox, who will share her experiences as an Indigenous Scholar and woman of the Blood Tribe and present her research on Indian Residential Schools, followed by a 30-minute moderated question and answer session. Participants will learn actions individuals and organizations can meaningfully take towards Truth and Reconciliation.

Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2022, 9am to 10:30am PDT (90 minutes)
Speaker: Dr. Terri-Lynn Fox, Indigenous Scholar
Topic: “Indian Residential Schools: Perspectives of Blackfoot Confederacy People”

We hope you join the team at ACE for this important webinar. Click here to register for the webinar:

About Dr. Terri-Lynn Fox:

Dr. Fox is from the Blood Tribe, within the Blackfoot Confederacy, and practices her Siksikaitsitapi ways. Dr. Fox has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology; a master’s degree in Sociology; and a doctoral degree in Education. Her dissertation topic was "Indian Residential Schools: Perspectives of Blackfoot Confederacy People” on her research about the experiences of Survivors from the Blackfoot Confederacy from six Indian Residential Schools. Dr. Fox is both directly and indirectly affected by Indian Residential Schools. She is the daughter of two Survivors of an Indian Residential School and is a survivor of Indian Day Schools, herself. She is blessed with four children and six grandchildren.

About the Artist:

“I am Ipikstakii. My English name is Courtney Alexandra Fox – Running Rabbit. I am Siksikaitsitapi; I am woman; I am mother, daughter, sister, partner and friend. I creatively express emotions, thoughts and connections through various mediums of art. I am survivor and I proudly carry my ancestral baton.”

Artist Statement on Kaamotaan (Reconciliation) – Cleansing as Healing

“We are one – we are connected to everything. This is how we heal, knowing we are connected to everything – connected to the land, to the water, to the air, to all beings. We pray to Ihtsipaitapiiyo’pa, the Source of all Life. We sit in ceremony with Ihtsipaitapiiyo’pa and our grandmothers and grandfathers, the ancestors and the ancients. When we pray, we align mind, body, and spirit. As we pray, align and connect, we model ways of knowing and being for our children. There has been much destruction, oppression and intentional disregard of our traditional ways. This is why She cries, there is considerable healing to be done and this will occur once we acknowledge and feel the pain and trauma – we will survive, overcome, and reconcile, this is Kaamotaan. We also grieve – the loss of our land, of our culture, of our language. Only when it rains can we cleanse and blossom as we move forward with the ancestral knowledge and ways of knowing and being. We heal for our survivors; we heal for our children; we heal for the seven generations before us and the seven generations to come after us. We are one.”