Study finds integrating cultural practices helps Indigenous women recover

February 2, 2019

 Hina Alam: The Canadian Press

After recovering from the trauma of being separated from her family as part of the ’60s Scoop, Roberta Price has co-authored a study that applies the same traditional methods that helped her to other Indigenous women.

Price, who is an elder from the Coast Salish Snuneymuxw and Cowichan Nations, said finding her family as an adult and reading about the horrors of the ’60s Scoop in court documents brought her to a dark place.

But when a friend and former colleague got Price in touch with her own traditional elders, they took her under her wing and knew what she needed.

“I was so broken, so wounded, so beaten down in my spirit,” said Price, who’s also an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia’s family medicine department.

“Those elders, they are the ones who helped lift me up…. Learning about the culture — cultural teachings, stories, songs — really brought my strength out.”

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