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There is no I in we: Ancestral Memory of Anti-Black Racism and Sexual Violence
*For Black Identified University of Toronto Students Only*

Facilitated by Melissa Taylor, MSW, RSW

Healing Circle:
Our grief and trauma today is with our ancestors’ grief & trauma of yesterday. Our grief is not limited to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Regis Korchinski-Paquet, and those who passed before them; it is a collective experience of systemic anti-black racism which leaves our nervous system in a constant state of fight, flight, freeze, and/or befriend. Our ancestors were separated from family members, and sometimes witnessed family members being lynched for public entertainment. This memory lives on in our nervous systems. Our nervous system becomes re-activated (triggered) when we see modern lynching in constant rotation in the media. There are many black people walking around with symptoms of Racial Post-Traumatic- Stress Syndrome, otherwise coined as Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Dr. Joy DeGruy. It is important for Black people to learn how to re-own their bodies, mind, & soul, so they can transition into a state of remembering harm rather than re-living harm (flashbacks). Trauma informed therapy is one of many approaches which can support the impact of anti-black racism trauma.

Learning Objectives of the trauma informed workshop:
-What is ancestral Memory
-How to recognize when they are re-living a traumatic experience?
-What is the nervous system?
-How to regulate their nervous system?
-The importance of collective care

Nov 5, 2020 06:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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