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Expired AHVNA Network Meeting and Indigenous Cultural Perspectives on Brain Development (Red Deer)

  •  April 14, 2023
     9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Date: Friday, April 14, 2023 (register by March 31, 2023)

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm


Red Deer, AB

Holiday Inn & Suites

33 Petrolia Drive, Gasoline Alley, Red Deer County, AB T4E 1B3


Day will include AHVNA networking and information, a presentation on Perinatal mood disorders and an afternoon of learning about some Indigenous perspectives on attachment and brain development

Cultural Perspectives and Attachment Workshop

In this workshops, we will explore infant and child attachment using an Indigenous view. We will deepen your knowledge on the impacts of colonization and what effects it had on Indigenous children, youth and families.  Through a deeper understanding of the intergenerational impacts of loss of traditional culture, communities and social structures, this workshop will bring a deeper understanding of the needs of Indigenous children, and help to strengthen and support healthy attachments from an Indigenous lens when working with Indigenous children, youth and families.


Tansi, Waspiski paskwaw mostos iskwew nitisiyihkason – my cree name is White Buffalo Woman and my given name is Shannon Lust. I am originally from treaty 8 territory and now reside in Treaty 6 near Edmonton, Alberta. My vast experience working within the mental health and education sectors, specifically within Indigenous communities, has afforded me many learning and growth opportunities. I have been taught by elders, knowledge keepers and many others. Within the western Education system, I am taught  in the field of counseling psychology and Indigenous peoples education.

I have now started doing consulting work and started White Buffalo Consulting. Through my work as a consultant, I am driven to share the knowledge I have gained from both my perspectives as an Indigenous person and as a professional trained in Western Education systems. I am passionate about walking alongside organizations as they grow and helping them see from a two-eyed perspective, which brings in the strengths of many perspectives, in this case, Indigenous and Western.

I have also humbly been awarded the prestigious Esquao Award- which is a recognition ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of exceptional FMNI woman – in 2022 in the area of Children’s Future and a Aboriginal Role Model award in 2018 in the area of Education.


AHVNA Members – $20

Non Members – $30

Includes Coffee and Lunch