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Aboriginal Medicine Making as Professional Development

Aboriginal Gathering Place, New West Campus
April 5, 2017 1:00-4:00pm

Join Elders and Knowledge Keepers from the Medicine Collective in Aboriginal medicine making as a practice for applied education, wellness, and professional development. Participants will make medicinal salves, learning about the teachings and uses of the plants involved.

Dr. Jeffrey Schiffer, the Program Director at JIBC's Office of Indigenization, will also be present to lead a dialogue on the process of bringing such practices into organizations as a pathway towards truth and reconciliation. The workshop fee enables us to provide honourariums for the Elders and Knowledge Keepers, covers the costs of supplies, and contributes to the JIBC Aboriginal Medicine Garden.

Participants will have the opportunity to bring home medicines.

Cost: $75 (includes registration and the cost of all supplies)

Register for April 5th workshop

Contact indigenization@jibc.ca for more information.

About Dr. Jeffrey J. Schiffer

Jeffrey J. Schiffer is a Canadian of mixed ancestry. His mother is M├ętis from Manitoba, and his father was born in Germany.  Schiffer was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, in unceded Coast Salish territory.  He holds and BA in anthropology from the University of British Columbia, and an MA and PhD in anthropology and education from Columbia University.  Schiffer has conducted community based participatory research with Indigenous communities in Canada, the United States and Central America.  His dissertation research focused on indigenization, exploring the complexities delegated Aboriginal agencies for child and family service face in implementing culturally restorative services within the Aboriginal diversity of urban British Columbia.  Schiffer spent 4 years working as the Special Projects Officer at Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society (VACFSS) where he co-founded the Culturally Relevant Urban Wellness (CRUW) Program.  He currently sits as the Program Director within the Office of Indigenization at the Justice Institute of British Columbia.  Schiffer also supports curriculum development and teaches as an instructor in the Aboriginal Focusing Oriented Therapy (AFOT) program.  He is a member of the Board of Directors with the Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre Society (VACPC) and the Focus Foundation.  

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Last updated March 1, 2017