Elder abuse workshop held


About 60 people attended a two-day elder abuse workshop, held by Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services’ Behavioural Health Services Unit, that wrapped up this afternoon at the Métis Hall here.
Lee Stones, who has given presentations on this topic in the past, lead the conference from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.
Representatives from different reserves and groups were present, discussing things such as elder abuse in their communities, as well as reclaiming cultural traditions and roles of seniors and elders.
On the second day, they worked on establishing an Elder Abuse Prevention Committee, and also talked strategies and interventions.
It wasn’t all work, though, as participants also enjoyed musical entertainment and a fish fry.
“It’s for the 10 area First Nations’ communities, from Lac La Croix all the way to Big Island,” noted co-organizer Kim Gosnell.
“They are learning how to address elder abuse in their communities, and to have a forum where they can talk about it and feel safe because elder abuse isn’t a comfortable topic to address,” she noted.
“We received funding through New Horizons and decided to host a conference on elder abuse,” Gosnell added.
“I think people are learning lots; there’s been a high participation rate.”
Gosnell agreed the conference was a success.