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President's Faculty Lecture with Dr. Alanaise Goodwill

March 30, 2021

Dr. Alanaise Goodwill will be speaking at the upcoming President's Faculty Lecture on April 7. For more information and to register, please visit SFU Public Square 

For the past two years, I’ve participated in a research project led by Elders, young First Nations peoples, Chiefs, health care workers, and Indigenous and Settler scholars.

Sóhl Téméxw (Halq’emeylem for “our land”) and the attendant Stó:lō teachings of Shxweli (life force) are central to our philosophies on resilience and recovery from the intergenerational effects of suicide. The most powerful stories of transformation emerge from the Stó:lō transformer figure Xa:ls, who helps bring order to a chaotic world (p. 66, Archibald, 2008). Shxweli is the life force that connects each Stó:lō person, their ancestors, the plants and rocks, animals, and all things that were transformed by Xa:ls within Sóhl Téméxw.

In this talk, I will share what I have learned about the importance the Stó:lō place on their connection to their lands and the practices that are used to generate land-based resilience and recovery.

— Alanaise Onischin Goodwill