Responding to Trauma and Grief Certificate Program

for Indigenous Communities and Organizations

Giwiidabindimin (Ojibwe for “we sit together”) captures the essence of togetherness and the experience of participating in this program. When we sit together, we can acknowledge grief and trauma, share our perspectives, and learn from each other in a reciprocal way.

Join us for an enriching five-day program that weaves together Indigenous and Western knowledge to provide a two-eyed seeing understanding of trauma and grief. Two co-facilitators will share their wisdom and expertise to provide a relational approach to providing meaningful support. The co-facilitators will create a collaborative and reciprocal learning environment that allows space for everyone to be learners and teachers. You will have the opportunity to self-reflect on your personal journey while considering effective approaches to supporting individuals, families, and communities affected by trauma and grief.

Key Elements

  • Two-eyed Seeing perspective as put forward through Mi’kmaq Elder Albert Marshall’s concept of a Two-eyed Seeing view of the world, the weaving together of Western clinical and Indigenous cultural approaches for responding to those experiencing trauma and grief
  • Co-facilitated by Indigenous and non-Indigenous trainers
  • A relational, reciprocal approach to sharing and understanding the impacts of trauma and grief

Another option for this training is to attend one of our in-person scheduled events. Click on the button below to view our upcoming events (note, if none appear, check back soon as we add more events to our schedule.)


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Statement on Reconciliation

As we walk the path of reconciliation, we are mindful of the connections we share with all our relatives. We understand that these connections are impacted by colonization and that there is trauma in our relationships and to the land and Indigenous ways of life. We commit to listening and learning from our relationships, and to be guided by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s 94 Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Contact Us for Your Training Needs

CTRI Does Not Provide Crisis Counselling. If you are in crisis, please call or text the number 988 to receive immediate support. This suicide and crisis helpline works in both Canada and the United States.

Learn how we can bring training to your community. Inquiries related to individual training, website purchases, and free resources will be directed to our general client services department.

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Elliot Grisdale

Indigenous Training Specialist
[email protected]
204-452-9199 ext. 112

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Breanne Boyce

Training Coordinator
[email protected]
204-452-9199 ext. 101

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