“Their knowledge, facilitation skills, and comfort sharing pieces of their own stories make their training on mental health and Indigenous cultural competancy necessary for all adolescent mental health agencies. I feel their training is an essential piece to learning how to engage Indigenous communities respectfully and with an understanding of their histories. The training itself is interactive, suggested action steps, used stories, humour, activities and history.
They took the time to understand the specific work of our agency to make the training as relevant as possible. The afternoon portion was spent putting knowledge into practice and making a concrete plan for our agency to move forward. Laurie and Brianna have an almost uncanny ability to gain trust and respect immediately by virtue of the depth of their knowledge on issues facing Indigenous people today.
I recommend Laurie and Brianna to any professional group seeking to educate and inspire its members”