Thu, 10/13: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM CDT
Room: NCA Zoom Room 01
This presentation will discuss how neurodecolonization and mindful decolonization frameworks can be used to decolonize and liberate the mind from the constraints of trauma, destructive rumination, and lead to pathways of freedom and well-being. Both traditional Indigenous and western knowledge and science are integrated into this presentation along with practical mindfulness/contemplative exercises.
Michael Yellow Bird is Dean and Professor of the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba. He is an enrolled member of the MHA Nation (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara) in North Dakota. His research focuses on the effects of colonization and methods of decolonization, ancestral health, intermittent fasting, Indigenous mindfulness, neurodecolonization, mindful decolonization, and the cultural significance of Rez dogs. He is the founder, director, and principal investigator of The Centre for Mindful Decolonization and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba. He serves as a consultant, trainer, and senior advisor to several BIPOC mindfulness groups and organizations who are seeking to incorporate mindfulness practices, philosophies, and activities to Indigenize and decolonize western mindfulness approaches in order to address systemic racism and engage in structural change.
NCA First Vice President