“I just try and make the women feel better about who they are… to re-identify them with who they are,” says Elder Amy Victor, spiritual advisor at the Fraser Valley Institution for Women. (Lauren Kaljur and Curtis Rowland, CBC News)
‘Being disconnected from the culture caused them to be lost,’ says elder Amy Victor
By Lauren Kaljur, Curtis Rowland, CBC News, April 26, 2016
Elder Amy Victor of the Stó:lō Nation is no ordinary grandma. Five days a week she drives from the Cheam reserve to Abbotsford. B.C., where she willingly walks through the gates of the Fraser Valley Institution for Women.
But the 74-year-old elder is not a prisoner or a guard. Her unique position, spiritual advisor, allows her to help Indigenous women heal the damage wrought by sexual abuse using a simple, potent formula: traditional teachings, Indigenous medicines, indomitable spirit. Read the rest of this entry