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Meet Keenan A.

Keenan A

Sessional counsellor for Indigenous students

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About

ʔukłaasiš ʔimsča Hist’t’ukk shitls Ahousaht Hist’t’ukk shitls Nuučaan̓uł Isaak camis čuu ƛ̓eekoo ƛ̓eekoo

My traditional name is Imscha, I come from the Ahousaht First Nation of the Nuu-chah-nulth people. Respectfully, thank you. My given name is Keenan Andrew. Respectfully, I would like to acknowledge the K'ómoks First Nations as well as the kʷakʷəkʲəʔwakʷ and Coast Salish peoples whose lands I occupy. Also, I would like to acknowledge the Ayajuthem, Pentlatch, and Kwak̓wala speaking peoples whose land I live, learn, work, and raise my family on. Gilakas’la & ƛ̓eekoo ƛ̓eekoo (thank you).

Philosophical framework

I work from a two-eyed seeing framework that is based on both western modalities such as trauma-informed counselling, psychotherapy, narrative therapy, TF-CBT, and culturally responsive holistic approaches such as somatic-based therapy and storying as a framework. I also work from an Indigenous framework that utilizes Indigenous ways of knowing, doing and being using cultural practices and holistic traditional teachings and medicines from Elders and knowledge keepers. Working from this framework allows me to constantly grow as an individual and practitioner, honour my ancestry and beliefs, as well as my client’s ancestry and their beliefs, values, morals, and principles to help create a safe space for those I support with my praxis to work towards meaningful change.

I want to say gilakas’la & ƛ̓eekoo ƛ̓eekoo (thank you) for reading my bio. 

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