Guest Speaker--Mel Chartrand

Walking my Life in Peace: An Indigenous Way of Learning and Being

Please join the Department of Religious Studies for the presentation "Walking My Life in Peace: An Indigenous Way of Learning and Being." This lecture, which is by Mel Chartrand of Being You Inc. of Winnipeg, Manitoba, will be held in the Joseph Theater, Briedenbaugh 201, on April 2, 2019, from 4:00 to 6:00pm. Restoring the sacred within us involves creating an awareness of self. As we develop an understanding of the sacred, we learn how to support health, well-being, and healing within ourselves. And as we learn about self-care and self-management, we come to understand the sacredness of having a balanced life. Showing others how to restore the sacred is the life work of Mel Chartrand, who is the co-author, with Shirley Chartrand, of the book Natural Healing: Ninawendam Bimosetowin Nibimatiziwinan, I'm Walking My Life in Peace (McNally Robinson, 2013).

Mel Chartrand is also the Co-founder, with Shirley Chartrand, of Being You Inc. Being You ( has designed and delivered healing services for Indigenous clientele in Canada since 1988. Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, it is recognized for its ground-breaking work using traditional Indigenous-based treatments for the effects of trauma. Being You also offers self-care guidance for care givers and first responders, and it provides land-based teachings and ceremonies for the Winnipeg School division. Beginning in the 1990s, the Chartrands served for over two decades as service providers for the First Nation and Inuit Health Branch. In 1999, with the guidance of traditional Elders, they co-founded Eyaa-Keen Healing Centre in Winnipeg. Their many healing projects have earned much acclaim, and they have received the "Heroes of Mental Health" award from the Canadian Mental Health Association. Sponsored by the Events Planning and Coordination Committee and Religious Studies.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Breidenbaugh Hall 201 Joseph Theater

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Lectures & Presentations

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Religious Studies Department
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