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Upcoming Series: Remembering Resilience Podcast Conversations

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The Remembering Resilience podcast conversations series will be offered in six parts on July 1st, July 15th, July 29th, August 12th, August 26th, and September 9th from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. each day

Join us for bi-weekly online conversations about the Remembering Resilience podcasts to deepen our collective understanding of the roots and impacts of historical trauma, ACEs, epigenetics, and resilience across Indigenous communities in Minnesota and beyond. Please listen to the podcast prior to joining us for the conversation. Tribal members, community members, and partners who work with tribal communities are encouraged to attend!


Evidence shows that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are common in Minnesota, including tribal communities, and that these adversities have strong and cumulative health and social implications. In order to heal our adult population and prevent ACEs from occurring in the next generation, it is critical that all of us, from parents to providers, shift to a trauma-informed perspective and integrate strategies for healing and building resilience into their lives and work.


The Tribal NEAR (Neurobiology, Epigenetics, ACEs & Resiliency) Science and Community Wisdom Project is a one-year project funded by The Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN Center for Prevention. The project began on September 1, 2015.  White Earth was one of two reservations chosen to pilot this grassroots effort to build the capacity of their tribal communities to address the challenging health and social issues related to childhood trauma. The 3 stages of the project include:

  1. Awareness: ACE Interface presentations will be conducted on each of the Reservation communities to begin raising awareness about the impacts of trauma on the health of individuals and communities. Note, all of these presentations will cover the same content.
  2. Capacity building: A cohort of up to 30 individuals from each of the Reservations will be trained as ACE Interface presenters. This will enhance the capacity of each community to broaden the reach of the ACEs and resiliency awareness building. The ACE Interface training is a 2-day training and will occur in March or April of 2016. Interested individuals should contact Susan for an application form (and attend one of the meetings above).
  3. Creating a Community Response: Each reservation will work with facilitators to identify strategies and community response for healing and building resilience. These plans will be utilized to secure funding for implementation in the priority areas identified by each reservation. The community response plans will be developed from May-August.

For more information, please contact:

Linsey McMurrin
Director of Prevention Initiatives- North Central MN

Funded by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota