JointHealth™ express   October 4, 2022

Dear Arthritis Community Member,

From July 24 to 29, 2022, Pope Francis, head of the Catholic Church, spent six days visiting two Canadian provinces, namely Alberta and Quebec, and one territory, Nunavut. The purpose of his visit was to deliver a formal apology for the intergenerational wounds that the Roman Catholic Church inflicted on Indigenous Peoples during the residential school era from 1870s to 1996. While there is debate on the adequacy of the gestures in addressing Truth and Reconciliation, the events are historical for many stewards of Turtle Island.

Arthritis Consumer Experts invites you to a special webinar featuring by Dr. Terri-Lyn Fox, who will share her reflections as an Indigenous Scholar, woman of the Blood Tribe, and support personnel during the Pope’s visit to Canada. The format will be a 30-minute presentation, followed by a 30-minute moderated question and answer period. This is an opportunity for participants and organizations to stand alongside Indigenous Peoples as we continue the journey towards Truth and Reconciliation.

Date: Friday, October 7th, 2022, 9 am to 10:00 am PDT (60 minutes)
Speaker: Dr. Terri-Lynn Fox, Indigenous Scholar
Topic: The Papal Apology: Dr. Terri-Lynn Fox's Personal Reflection

Oomah'katoyapiikowaan Ah'tsimihhasii (Pope Apology): kii Apiihkwaikomotaa’kii's isskská’takssin (Miracle Healing Woman's reflection)

We hope you join us 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 sprit. 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.”