The Atlantic First Nations Online Workshop

The Atlantic First Nations Online Workshop held on March 9 was a heartfelt celebration of community and the legacy of Eva Sock, who passed away on January 28, 2023. Eva was dedicated to her home community of Elsipogtog First Nation, and since 2020 served on the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Summer Institute on Healthy and Safe Communities (ASI), building relationships with Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals, communities, and organizations with the belief that we need to work together to improve the health and well-being of our children, youth, families, and communities. In acknowledgment of her contributions, the ASI Board dedicated this workshop to her memory.

This workshop was important to Eva as one expression of our work together. Thank you to Miranda Pierro, Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat for partnering with ASI to host the workshop and to her colleagues Ken Long and Elizabeth Camus for facilitation; to Elder Judy Clark, Abegweit First Nation for the healing words she shared in her Opening Prayer, and to Roxanne Sappier, Tobique First Nation for her dedication to Eva – sharing memories of her as an empathic mother and strong warrior – a force who left us with a tremendous legacy.

Thank you to all who participated in the workshop, for your reflections and for picking up the torch!

We have work ahead – together. With acknowledgement of the contributions of Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier, Lead Facilitator; Malcolm Shookner, ASI Board President; and Mandy Walker, Knowledge Translation Specialist, Patsy Beattie-Huggan, ASI Coordinator.

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