Native people are resilient - having gone through traumas across history with impacts that have devastated individuals, families and communities.  The high rates of child abuse, domestic violence, suicide, alcoholism and other social ills affect our people today. 

But there is hope. 

Hope in a world where children are protected and happy, where families are free of violence, where no one has to know what it means to grieve for a loved one due to suicide, hope for strong healthy communities with people who lead with the heart of compassion, kindness and courage. 

  • The CBC for Tribes supports programs and communities with resources related to:
  • Historical trauma and its impact
  • Resilience
  • Spirituality and wellness
  • Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
  • Food as medicine

It is time to create culturally relevant and sustainable interventions for our own communities, our families and individuals by building the capacity of all to strengthen our responses to once again live peaceful lives. 

Intergenerational/Historical Trauma

Intergenerational/Historical Trauma Resource List

Historical Trauma, as defined by Dr. Maria Yellowhorse-Braveheart, is “the collective emotional and psychological injury both over the life span and across generations, resulting from a cataclysmic history of genocide.” The resources and links in this guide provide more information on what historical/intergenerational trauma is, how it is experienced by Native communities, and how traditional cultural practices may be able to help Native people and communities heal.

Resource Highlight

The Medicine Wheel

This tool describes the medicine wheel and outlines actiities that can be used with native youth that focus on "making good choices, staying healthy, and living a balanced lifestyle." The medicine wheel symbolizes a circular development model balancing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of oneself. While the medicine wheel is unique to each individual and tribe, this tool provides some general lessons and gifts connected to each compass direction of the wheel.

This area is currently for staff and consultants. Thank you.