“That's where I really rely on our traditional teachings because it speaks to humility, and understanding that your gifts are valuable. And everybody has gifts.”
— Jillian Morris
Trigger Warning: This episode makes brief mention of self harm and addiction.
On this episode of What’s In Your Toolbox: An Honest Discussion on Mental Health, host Bobby Koven shares a deep and open conversation with his guest Jillian Morris which started at a chance meeting in New Brunswick.
In this conversation, Jillian shares some of the tools that her community uses to heal the indigenous communities in Ontario, and further expanding into Canada.
A member of the Feather Carriers, Jillian is committed to community mobilization that enhances mental health and addictions and suicide prevention through a culturally appropriate training.
One thing is for sure, Jillian will absolutely inspire you to take up a practice of gratitude for every element of life, which is an excellent tool to manage mental health.
This episode discusses:
✔ The power and importance of storytelling
✔ Connecting to your own spirituality through healing
✔ Sharing your gifts as a way to contribute to a larger community
Jillian is Kanien’kehaka, a member of Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, and Poet Laureate for Collingwood. Jillian is a former federal public servant and in addition to writing, she is a researcher, creator, public engager, mother, wife, and bridge builder. Jillian is also a member of the Unity Collective where she finds endless reward in volunteering and working to build relationships, capacity, and understanding.
02:54 Meet Jillian Morris
08:35 The call to nature
11:21 Tools for healing
13:01 Jillian’s path of healing
15:15 Traditional teachings
24:45 The Feather Carriers
26:07 Jillian’s Amazing Support Team (JAST)
26:51 The power of listening
30:17 Next episode
Connect with Jillian: https://www.jillianmorris.ca/
Collingwood Today: https://www.collingwoodtoday.ca/columns/kanikonhriio/column
Wise Practices: https://wisepractices.ca/practices/feather-carriers/