History of Conference
History of Conference
This conference is sponsored by Kamotaan Consulting an Indigenous grass roots business established in 2003 by Karen English. Karen English is a Blackfoot woman from the Piikani Nation part of the Blackfoot Confederacy. She has 27 years’ experience working in the Human Service Field.
She is the first “free” generation in her family after her ancestors signed the Treaty #7 in 1877; after signing the Treaty her people were placed on reservations and not allowed to leave without written permission. Her mother, father, grandparents and great grandparents were Residential School survivors.
Karen has overcome many personal traumatic experiences throughout her life and has been able to see past the trauma. She believes these experiences have motivated her to want to be part of a solution that can help Indigenous people reclaim their place here in Canada. Karen has spent a lifetime wanting to be a role model in creating a life of possibilities. She completed her Bachelor of Social Work and continues to work within the systems to create more grass roots and holistic ways of working with Indigenous families and communities.
On April 28, 2015 Karen’s most traumatic experience occurred when her Niece and Nephew were both brutally murdered. This horrific tragedy was very devastating for Karen and has motivated her to want to continue to find solutions so that tragedies like this are no longer outcomes for Indigenous families. Karens dream was to encourage that all children are safe and free from harm and that every child grow up in communities that care.
As an Indigenous Social Worker I have seen many gaps in our current system. The main gap has been the lack of grassroots programming encouraged by Indigenous communities. Our current systems require standards that are not seen through the eyes of Indigenous communities which fails to meet the needs of Indigenous people. I feel as an Indigenous Social Worker our Communities need to begin creating their own standards and grassroot programming.
“Children are our Sacred Bundle” Conference is an opportunity to bring Indigenous and mainstream people together to begin dialoguing and creating holistic processes that recapture the most important resource in every Indigenous community “our children”. On December 15, 2015 Prime Minister Trudeau announced the creation of national council for reconciliation to help implement the Truth and reconciliation commissions 94 final recommendations.