Caring Hearts Education Day and Fundraiser
Grief is a major life stressor. There is no timeline for grief and one's experience can be affected by a variety of
factors, including whether or not the bereaved has a support system in place.
Families can access support groups and individual counselling based on their needs. Caring Hearts offers both western therapeutic counselling as well as support from an Elder to provide traditional Indigenous healing.
As part of this program, Caring Hearts offers education and training on trauma, culturally appropriate care, trauma informed care, self-care and resiliency building, and ambiguous loss for agencies, groups, and volunteers.
Join us on October 20th, for a timely and important Education Day where we will launch our toolkit "Tools for Equity, Diversity and Indigenization" with Duane Bowers, Licensed Professional Counselor, Trauma and Wellness Educator. He is one of few professionals globally who specializes in working with and providing support for families of missing children and missing adults.
Following our launch, enjoy and learn from the wisdom and knowledge of Elder Harry Francis during our 2nd Annual Caring Hearts Fundraiser - Stories to Heal. Elder Francis plays an integral part in the physical, mental,
spiritual and emotional well-being of those seeking support in both western and traditional approaches. The event
features great food, Indigenous drummers and dancers, and a silent auction.
Caring Hearts is a non-profit charity that offers counselling and education programs for families as well as agencies to support those struggling to cope with loss. Caring Hearts is working with provincial and federal government in support of the Missing Persons and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Saskatchewan.
What's included in your registration:
Your $250 registration fee includes the all day seminar as well as the manuals and toolkit, lunch and nutrition breaks, and the evening dinner and fundraiser.
An Education Day registration only includes the toolkit, lunch and nutrition breaks and is $150 per person.
A fundraiser dinner ticket only is $100 per person.
9 am Welcome
915 am Opening Prayer with Elder Harry Francis
945 am Duane T. Bowers, LPC, CCHt - What is Ambiguous Loss?
1030 am Nutrition Break
11 am Understanding Ambiguous Loss and Trauma-Informed Care
12 pm Lunch
1 pm Understanding the Resources in the Toolkit
230 pm Nutrition Break
245 pm How to Use the Resources and Understanding Ambiguous Loss
345 pm Closing in a good way with Elder Harry Francis
5 pm Cocktails and Welcome from Shelley Svedahl, Executive Director
6 pm Blessing with Elder Lorna Standingready and Dinner
Loyal Toast and Remarks from His Honour, the Honourable Russ Mirasty, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan
Powwow Demonstration by the Eagle Claw Dance Group
Duane is a licensed Professional Counselor and Educator. As a therapist, his
specialty is working with survivors of traumatic death and suicide, which includes providing support to families of abducted, missing, exploited and murdered
children through the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children [NCMEC]. In September 2001 Duane responded to the Pentagon immediately
following the terrorist attack on September 11th, providing support to rescue and recovery workers.
Currently, Duane is responsible for the clinical supervision and training of staff and volunteers for a variety of organizations that deal with trauma and loss in the US and Canada. In Canada, Duane works through Caring Hearts to provide education and assist with the development of programs focused on trauma informed care, and first responder trauma. He also serves as a consultant to the Canadian Centre for Child Protection in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada.
As an educator, Duane teaches seminars nationally, internationally and regionally on dying, death and grief, as well as trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and traumatic loss.
Elder Harry Francis
Elder Harry Francis has been an Elder for many years, recognized by Treaty 4 communities. His role is vital to the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional
well-being of those seeking support in both western and traditional approaches, through cultural and spiritual ceremonies. Harry was born and raised on the Piapot First Nation. He is recognized and supported by his home community. He has
dedicated his entire life to preserving a culture steeped in historical significance.
One of Harry’s areas of proficiency is addiction recovery. He is certified in Advanced Counselor Training and Community Addictions Training through the Nechi Training, Research and Health Promotions Institute. He specializes in crisis management, residential school trauma, suicide, grief, co-occurring disorders and is an authority in Western and Aboriginal therapeutic approaches.
Harry has been working with our organization since May 2018. In his role with us, Harry works in collaboration with the Director of Education to provide sessions on trauma, trauma informed care, intergenerational trauma and self-care and
When requested by a family Harry provides traditional and cultural healing support to families of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and other Missing Persons. Harry also helps deliver cultural programming at Caring Hearts Camp.