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"Healing Oneself is the Best Gift We Can Give"

Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal recipient Marcia Mirasty is a champion of helping Indigenous people step into their greatness. With over 25 years of professional healing and wellness experience, this Certified John Maxwell Speaker, Trainer, and Coach, works tirelessly helping others discover and nurture their stronger, healthier self. Committed to increasing education and awareness in the area of healing and wellness, this Indigenous Cree woman with strong cultural values believes that, "The best gift we can give to our children is when we heal ourselves."

For the last 26 years, Marcia Mirasty has worked as a Manager of Human Services and Coordinator for various Health organizations, and is now an Independent Entrepreneur promoting healing and wellness with her company "Corner Creek Consulting".

Marcia has a love for learning and is committed to increasing education and awareness in the area of healing and wellness. She believes that we need to increase knowledge and expertise in both community members and front line staff in a combined approach. "The best gift we can give to our children is when we heal ourselves" and "in order to have strong healthy communities we need to have strong healthy members supported by strong healthy staff."

Marcia holds both a Bachelor degree in Arts and in Social Work and a number of certifications from the Indian Career and Community Counselling Program (ICCCP), the First Nations Health Managers Association (FNHMA), and Master of Northern Governance and Development (MNGD). On top of this Marcia is also a certified Life Skills Coach Red Echo & Associates, a certified John Maxwell Team Coach, Speaker and Trainer. Marcia graduating top in her class, for the First Nations Health Managers’ Association and was named valedictorian.

Marcia has presented alongside Justice Murray Sinclair during the National Truth and Reconciliation National Gathering and worked with countless Elders with regards to the residential school file. She has spoken at hundreds of workshops geared towards healing and wellness and has stood as a true leader and a motivational speaker who has inspired many people to be "break cycles of dysfunction and move forward in a powerful way for the benefit of our future generations."

Marcia Mirasty is a member of Canoe Lake Cree First Nation in northern Saskatchewan. Marcia is married to Rico and together they are blessed with three children. They make Flying Dust First Nation their home.

  • 45 Minutes

    Marcia’s experience and knowledge working with Residential school survivors and the intergenerational impacts of Residential schools allows her to provide insightful and compassionate education on the subject. Speaking to both survivors and other demographics, Marcia leaves her audience with a greater understanding of how the residential school legacy has impacted Indigenous Individuals, Families, and Community and how we all can move towards healing.

    45 Minutes

    "Healing starts from the inside out and impact others around you."
    Marcia shares the importance of balance from a medicine wheel perspective, as well as providing tools to support and strengthen the healing process. Participants will be challenged to move forward and will leave with a greater understanding of purpose, plan, and potential.

    45 Minutes

    This presentation addresses powerful tools to move forward in life. It talks about breaking the cycles of dysfunction and generational trauma. It takes a look at priorities and choices, addresses healing and self-care, and focuses on holistic health from the medicine wheel perspective. This presentation breaks down stereotypes and challenges individuals to look at their strengths and assets.

    45 Minutes

    Lateral violence is when we intentionally or unintentionally hurt people that are closest to us: family, friends, co-workers, community. It is a learned behaviour that causes unnecessary stress and sickness. This workshops clarifies options to move forward and not be trapped in the snare of toxic thinking that holds people back.

    45 Minutes

    As women we face a number of barriers such as gender bias, unequal pay, oppression and lateral violence. This workshop focuses on the power of women who know who they are, where they come from, and how they can raise up the next generation to be the strong powerful people they were created to be. There is strength in a unified vision. "Real Women Empower Others".

  • Full Day Hour Workshop

    This workshop examines at our traditional family system and roles of Elders (Kitayak), men and women. It looks at the four cycles of life with special emphasis on rites of passage and womanhood. It focusses at the teepee teachings that are set in order of human development. The poles represent 15 core values that keep our families, extended families, and communities intact.

    2-3 Hour Workshop

    This workshop focuses on identifying 'What is Elder Abuse'?  How does it happen? It zeroes in on understanding the dynamics of abuse and neglect and recognizing vulnerability.

    Elder abuse is often hidden and there is a lot of shame that keeps our people from reaching out for help. Emphasis is given that Elders themselves must self-identify that abuse is happening and begin to reach out. Healing does not happen in isolation. Healing happens when there is support from family, friends, and community. Generational cycles of trauma will continue until there is a choice to break out of the dysfunction. Options for healing and support will be explored as well as local resources.

    2-3 Hour Workshop

    This workshop is designed to assist individuals to look at the lifestyle they are living through the lens of holistic health. It is intended to give awareness and create a plan for improved work-life balance.

    This workshop will look at the following:

    • What is self-care and what are fundamental needs?
    • What is self-care important?
    • What are the warning signs of burnout?
    • Recognizing priorities
    • Developing a self-care plan

    The workshop is delivered in a PowerPoint format with opportunity for group interaction. Participants will be given the opportunity to create their own personalized self-care plan.

    2-3 hour Workshop

    This workshop will focus on the transformation of a young girl to becoming a young woman. It will focus on the role of women as caregivers, supporters, nurturers, and healers, including Body Changes, Roles and Responsibilities, Family Planning and Pre-natal Care.

    It will specifically focus on the role as a life-giver and how raising children is a sacred responsibility. This workshop presentation will emphasize how important it is to take care of our bodies and the health of our unborn children. The prenatal period is one of love and nurturing the gift that the Creator has given us. Children are gifts and bringing them into this world is a sacred responsibility.  

    This teaching concept highlights the correlation between health preceding conception and healthy communities. Emphasis is given on a woman's life giving role and how she plans for her family prior to starting a family. As women we all need to understand our role and how it relates to self-esteem, self-care, and respecting the sacred gift within our bodies.

    Healthy pregnancy outcomes are greater when women are trained in traditional knowledge to look after themselves. This is a key step in raising a healthy family and healthy community.

  • "The workshop targeted the issues and problems that many First Nations have and helped us to recognize and initiate the steps required to resolve these issues. Marcia was very open, honest, genuine and knowledgeable in the teachings, as well, she kept the entire Chief & Council engaged throughout the day."

    – Francis X. Iron, Chief, Canoe Lake Cree Nation

    "Marcia’s style of presentation was straight forward and was shared in a way that everyone understood and could relate to the personal references she made from her own experiences."

    – Jan Cyr, Administrative Supervisor, Leading Thunderbird Lodge Youth Treatment Centre

    "The 'Arrows to the Heart' presentation provides participants with greater learning around personal responsibility and professional growth that can enhance health service programming. This presentation has the potential for greater community impact learning for staff, leadership and community, that emphasize healing as a journey."

    – Flora Fiddler, Director of Health, Meadow Lake Tribal Council

    "Marcia presented for the students on the topic of Lateral Violence. She was able to maintain control of the audience and had good management skills for off task behaviors. The students were attentive throughout the presentation and the topics were relevant to their lives. Marcia was able to customize her presentation to the needs of the audience."

    – Courtney Hildebrand, Principal, Transition Place Education Centre

    "Marcia’s contribution was well presented and received. Her presentation featured a lecture accompanied with a power point presentation and video. The topic was provoking and interesting. She presented the material in a way that kept the entire audience’s attention and interest throughout the presentation. Her transitions from topic to topic and from lecture to visuals, was smooth and well timed. Not only was her knowledge of the topic very evident, her way in which she shared her expertise was what really made this presentation so well done. She appeared very comfortable and confident speaking to a large group of people."

    – Derek Eftoda, Native Studies Teacher, Carpenter High School

    "The students were completely drawn in by Marcia’s warmth and kindness as she spoke to them on a level that they could understand. She is very knowledgeable in culture, health, family dynamics, addictions and various ways that individuals an better themselves and their communities. Marcia is a natural leader and uses real examples that the students were able to comprehend and take with them to use in the future."

    – Lisa Burry, Instructor, Dumont Technical Institute

    "Marcia has a passion for teaching and communicating, which allows her to share her knowledge with others. She was able to do three different presentations for my students: Traditional Partnerships, Lateral Violence, and Impacts of Residential Schools. All three left a lasting presentation on my students and myself. Her presentations were definitely a highlight of the semester."

    – Andrea Halstead, Instructor, University of Regina

    "In the last few years Marcia has presented to our school and our community. One of Marcia’s well reviewed presentations was "Arrows to the Heart". This presentation was well attended by Elders and community members. Marcia received extremely positive reviews by all who attended. Her presentation was energetic and engaging. She used a variety of personal story, and Aboriginal Worldviews which helped in maintaining the attention of the participants. I was impressed with her personal stories which brought her presentation to life."

    – Gail Gardiner-Lafleur, Vice-Principal, Valley View School

    "Marcia’s presentation were organized and easy to follow. She has a clear voice and very open to have questions and to stop and let healing take place and then able to move back on track of the presentation."

    – Wanda Lantz, In Home Family Support Supervisor, North West Friendship Centre

For the last 26 years, Marcia Mirasty has worked as a Manager of Human Services and Coordinator for various Health organizations, and is now an Independent Entrepreneur promoting healing and wellness with her company "Corner Creek Consulting".

Marcia has a love for learning and is committed to increasing education and awareness in the area of healing and wellness. She believes that we need to increase knowledge and expertise in both community members and front line staff in a combined approach. "The best gift we can give to our children is when we heal ourselves" and "in order to have strong healthy communities we need to have strong healthy members supported by strong healthy staff."

Marcia holds both a Bachelor degree in Arts and in Social Work and a number of certifications from the Indian Career and Community Counselling Program (ICCCP), the First Nations Health Managers Association (FNHMA), and Master of Northern Governance and Development (MNGD). On top of this Marcia is also a certified Life Skills Coach Red Echo & Associates, a certified John Maxwell Team Coach, Speaker and Trainer. Marcia graduating top in her class, for the First Nations Health Managers’ Association and was named valedictorian.

Marcia has presented alongside Justice Murray Sinclair during the National Truth and Reconciliation National Gathering and worked with countless Elders with regards to the residential school file. She has spoken at hundreds of workshops geared towards healing and wellness and has stood as a true leader and a motivational speaker who has inspired many people to be "break cycles of dysfunction and move forward in a powerful way for the benefit of our future generations."

Marcia Mirasty is a member of Canoe Lake Cree First Nation in northern Saskatchewan. Marcia is married to Rico and together they are blessed with three children. They make Flying Dust First Nation their home.

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Location: Canada

Language: English

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