Empowering Our Nation – Biidaaban Healing Lodge 2018
THUNDER BAY – Empowering Our Nation, was the theme for this year’s Biidaaban Healing Lodge’s 2018 Annual Wellness Conference held at Victoria Inn, Thunder Bay, Ontario.
The conference tackled the issues of Murdered and Missing Women, Violence against Indigenous Women, Domestic Violence, Intergenerational/Residential School, Water, Earth that Indigenous people and communities are facing.
The Conference/Community Outreach Worker Melissa Desmoulin stated, “All workshops were filled to capacity and had useful information.”
After attending educative workshops for Lateral Violence with kindness, Seven Sacred Grandfather/Generational teachings, the Human Trafficking Workshop and the Murdered and Missing Women and Girls workshop were needing more in depth information and support to the people. The truth is girls as young as 11-years-old are standing on the streets working as sex trade workers. They are trying to help put food on the table and there is not enough support to offer other ways.