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MAP's In Focus presents: See the humans behind the trauma: Indigenous and asylum seeker experience
Together we will explore the mutual, though separate, experiences of displacement and trauma that indigenous survivors of discrimination and violence have in common with refugee claimants fleeing persecution. Based on that understanding we will discuss how to build stronger links and mutual support and tackle the very human challenges we all share.

Dec 2, 2021 07:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Linda Epp
Program Manager for Essentials: Skills, Culture, Knowledge @Native Education Centre
"I stand and raise my voice for those who find it hard to keep fighting, who feel beaten down or feel like their voices are not being heard." Linda Epp is a survivor of the Sixties Scoop. Her ancestry stems from the Sechelt Nation on the Sunshine Coast of BC. She organizes the annual Whistler's Sisters in Spirit Vigil which honours the hundreds of missing Indigenous women, girls and two-spirited in Canada. Before the vigil she installs "Red Dresses" in various locations which signifies a missing or murdered woman. Linda is an accomplished public speaker and spoke at the Indigenous Women’s Leadership Summit and is a TEDx Speaker. She has moderated several events in Whistler on behalf of the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC), and recorded a podcast with Whistler Community Services on Truth & Reconciliation. Linda continues to organize events addressing issues Indigenous Peoples currently face. She has a natural ability to bridge Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities together
Malena Mokhovikova
Student and advocate
Malena Mokhovikova came to Vancouver as a refugee from St. Petersburg, Russia in 2012 with her family as a result of racism, discrimination, and the fear of persecution. She studies psychology at the University of Victoria and loves to write, draw and hike in her free time. Malena is a member of the Youth Advisory Group for the Government of Canada, a writer for Stories from Newcomers to Canada (https://sntc.squarespace.com/), as well as an advocate for mental health destigmatization. She is working towards becoming a clinician and supporting others in overcoming trauma. She hopes her story will connect with those struggling with an immigration identity crisis and finding "home".
Mariana Martinez Vieyra (Moderator)
Clinical Supervisor @VAST
Mariana has lived in Vancouver since 2003. Her practice as counsellor, supervisor, consultant and trainer is centered in human rights, anti-racism and justice. A graduate of University of Buenos Aires in Argentina and the University of British Columbia, trained as a psychotherapist, specialized in refugee trauma, Mariana has over 25 years working with survivors of political violence and torture both in Canada and Latin America. She is Clinical Supervisor at the Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST) and clinical counsellor at MOSAIC’s I Belong Program for LGBTQI+ newcomers. Appointed BC Provincial Refugee Mental Health Coordinator in 2015 Mariana acts as consultant and trainer on Refugee Mental Health at a regional and national level. Mariana co-chairs the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) Inland Protection Group, is previous co-chair of BC Multi-Agency Partnership (MAP) for claimants and sits at the National Advisory Committee for CAMH Refugee Mental Health Project.