2018 Presenters

October 20 Presenters

2:00 – 4:00 Workshop and Presentation
Trauma and the Body – Integrate the Past to Fully Live in the Present
Nataschaa Chatterton

Nataschaa Chatterton MA, SEP, RP-CRA, has been working in the fields of trauma transformation and conflict resolution for the past twelve years. Arriving at this work through the process of navigating her own childhood founded in development trauma. Nataschaa has worked and lived throughout British Columbia and the Yukon, within rural Indigenous communities as a Trauma Counsellor. Her approach is founded in the belief that trauma is an energy form yearning to be resolved so the body and spirit can find balance and harmony, supporting life to be lived to its fullest. She has spent many years designing and facilitating land based healing camps acknowledging this vital connection for healing. She teaches trauma and conflict courses across the Yukon for the National organizations CTRI and Achieve. With extensive studies in developmental trauma resolution from a body based approach, attachment based therapies, grief counselling, restorative circle practices, mediation and energetic healing. She has a Masters in Conflict Resolution, is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and is trained in Emotionally Focused and Internal Family Systems therapies; studying with both Peter Levine and Gabor Mate. She is completing her second Master’s in Counselling Psychology. She lives in Haines Junction, Yukon working with numerous First Nations and is a Health Canada Service Provider.

4:00 – 5:00 Panel Presentation and Q&A
Trauma and Healing – My Journey
Moderated by Nataschaa Chatterton

Jackie Hardy
In July 2012, Jackie’s life changed forever. Her 18 year old son was skateboarding along the Frame Lake Trail when he fell off his board and fractured his skull. He was medevaced to a hospital in Edmonton but never recovered. Josh’s organs were donated. Jacki says in that way, he’s still helping people. In turn, Jackie and her husband Ed began a non-profit group called Helmets for Hardy, so they can help others avoid this tragedy.

Paul Andrew
Paul Andrew is a resident of Yellowknife and is nominated for his work in culture, residential school education and healing. Mr. Andrew was taken to residential school when he was eight and spent his high school years there also. He returned to his community and became Chief at the age of 22. After many years as chief, Paul began his 30 year career with CBC. His focus has been and still is on teaching about Dene language and culture, building relationships between aboriginal and non-aboriginal people, healing and reconciliation, and regaining pride for the elders and hope for the youth of the Northwest Territories. Mr. Andrew has received many awards including the CBC Team Building Award, NWT Literacy Award, and the National Aboriginal Achievement Award. He has served on many boards such as the Dene Language Committee, the NWT Forum on Community Wellness and Addictions, Aurora College Board of Governors and is an Elder Advisor to Dene Nahjo. Over the past 40 years, he has contributed greatly in creating pride in Dene culture. Paul has been a cultural role model his entire life, as a young Chief, as a CBC reporter and host and as a respected elder.

Cheyanna Fraser
Cheyanna Marie Fraser is of Gwichin descendant, born and raised in Yellowknife, NWT. Cheyanna has always had a deep love for animals and people. She loves being around people and children and is currently working towards becoming a certified doula. Cheyanna loves to jig and teach jigging and two-stepping. She won her first award at age 5 and teaches jigging in various schools such as, Weledeh, St. Joes and Kalemi Dene. Most recently, Cheyanna has just been appointed as the Youth Circumpolar Ambassador and has been invited to attended the Arctic Biodiversity Congress 2018 conference in Finland from Oct 9 – 11, 2019. In August 2014, Cheyanna was diagnosed with autoimmune disease. Shortly after that in December 2014, she was hospitalized from a flare up and almost lost her life. Her partner at the time helped to determine a plan to reverse the disease. Cheyanna’s Autoimmune disease is called Dermatomyositis it causes inflammation of the skin and muscle cells and if bad enough it could affect the joints and major organs.

Elizabeth Monroe
Elizabeth Monroe is a northerner with Fibromyalgia; a misunderstood chronic illness that affects daily life and has stolen her teaching career. There is no cure, but a holistic and multidisciplinary approach to medicine and pain  has enabled her to regain her positivity and sense of self. She continues to fight her own body daily. She is a self styled Fibro-warrior and cheerleader for others living with chronic illnesses.

Catherine Lafferty
Catherine Lafferty grew up in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, where she was primarily raised by her grandparents, who instilled in her a sense of pride in who she is and where she comes from. Catherine honours her First Nation background through her position as a Council Member for the Yellowknives Dene First Nation. Her hobbies include writing, creating music and film, and spending time with her family. Catherine just released her first book titled, Northern Wildflower, her life story as a daughter and mother wanting more for her family and for herself.