Day of 'bridge building'

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February 9, 2016 10:17 AM

Indigenous scholar Karen Pheasant discusses the mind, body, spirit connection and intergenerational healing at the National Day of Action event, which was held on Feb. 7 at the Native Friendship Centre.

A group of local girls and women gathered at the Lloydminster Native Friendship Centre on Sunday to attend the National Day of Action, an event where they learned about the mind, body, spirit connection and inter generational healing.
“It just has to do with the trauma aboriginal women have experienced from residential schools, colonialism and violence toward aboriginal women,” said Shelley Wiart, founder of Women Warriors, an organization with ties to the Friendship Centre, which helped put on the event. “So that’s passed down through generations.”
The event was funded through the Girl’s Action Foundation after Wiart applied to them for a grant and the money received was used to pay for the keynote speaker, Karen Pheasant.
Pheasant is an aboriginal scholar from the University of Alberta and spoke to the crowd about the mind, body, spirit connection and also did a yoga demonstration for spectators. 
Events like these are important because many women in the community need help in these areas, said Wiart, and the National Day of Action is a great way to reach them.
“It’s also a really good way to do some bridge building between aboriginal women and non-aboriginal women,” she said.
“So that people can better understand where they’re coming from and why they are the way they are.”
The event took place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and welcomed girls aged 10 and older.
Admission for the National Day of Action was free and offered lunch and crafts in the afternoon.

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