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Elders use culture to heal Indigenous inmates from sexual violence


Elder Amy Victor of the Stó:lō Nation is no ordinary grandma. Five days a week she drives from the Cheam reserve to Abbotsford. B.C., where she willingly walks through the gates of the Fraser Valley Institution for Women.

But the 74-year-old elder is not a prisoner or a guard. Her unique position, spiritual advisor, allows her to help Indigenous women heal the damage wrought by sexual abuse using a simple, potent formula: traditional teachings, Indigenous medicines, indomitable spirit.


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