Interview with Sadé Heart of the Hawk Ali, Tribal Lead for the Zero Suicide Institute

Episode 82,   Apr 24, 2018, 04:08 AM

Sadé Heart of the Hawk Ali, Tribal Lead for the Zero Suicide Institute talks with SPA General Manager Nikki Kelso at the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) conference in Washington, DC, USA. 

Heart of the Hawk is a First Nations Mi'kmaq (northern USA and southern Canada) who identifies as Two Spirit. She has been in the behavioural health field for almost fifty years and, for the past 2 decades has dedicated her life not only to her own healing from intergenerational and historical trauma, but to also educating others on the impact of trauma on her People.

She is a pow wow dancer, a shawl maker, president of First Nations, LLC, and a lifetime member of SAIGE (Society of American Indian Government Employees). 

She speaks about why it is essential to involve First Nations peoples in all suicide prevention efforts.

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