Decolonising the Body: Restoring Sacred Vitality

  • Alannah Earl Young University of British Columbia's First Nations House of Learning in Vancouver.
  • Denise Nadeau School for Community and Public Affairs at Concordia
Keywords: Women -- Mental health


The transformation of the impacts of sexual, racial and colonial violence on Native women requires unlearning ways of thinking and being that have been etched onto the body. This article examines a program developed for urban Native women that focuses on restoring the felt sense of sacred interconnection with relations and developing an embodied spiritual practice incorporating traditional teachings.