Alanaise Onischin Goodwill
Stó:lo Shxweli and Resilience

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

Alanaise Onischin Goodwill

Dr. Alanaise Onischin Goodwill is a citizen of the Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation and a Registered Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Counselling Psychology at Simon Fraser University on unceded Coast Salish lands. Her work addresses recovery processes in response to the historical trauma experienced by Indigenous peoples living in Canada. She was born and raised in Stó:lō territory, where she currently lives with her three children. She has over 17 years of experience as a mental health practitioner in Indigenous communities across Manitoba and BC.

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Wednesday, April 07, 2021

6:00 PM


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