“Indigenous community becomes a Story that is a collection of individual stories, ever unfolding through the lives of the people who share the life of that community. This large community is always a living and animate entity, vitalized when it is nourished through the attention of its tellers and its listeners. When a story finds that special circumstance in which its message is fully received, it induces a direct and powerful understanding: this becomes a real teaching.”
Gregory Cajete, PhD, Indigenous Scholar and
Author of Look To The Mountain
M.Ed., CPCC, ACC
EDUCATOR, FACILITATOR & CONSULTANT
NEUFELD INSTITUTE FACULTY
OWNER OF KWEYKWAY CONSULTING
Denise Findlay is a bi-cultural person of Indigenous and European ancestry, proudly belonging to the Squamish Nation, who has dedicated the last 20 years to travelling throughout British Columbia and across Canada supporting Indigenous peoples in-regards to social healing with a strong focus restoring care to communities. Being of Indigenous heritage and working at a grassroots level with peoples most impacted by inter-generational trauma, Denise has adapted her approach to honour and prioritize Indigenous ways of knowing and being that draw on the inherent, often unconscious, wisdom of Indigenous Peoples. This has led to the discovery and application of an intuitive voice and language of the heart in ritual and ceremony that have the power to communicate across typical barriers such as race, gender, sexuality, class, and religion. To be able to reach into the heart of matters that are humanly universal underscores all that she aims to do in every aspect of her work. Denise has spent countless hours facilitating group processes in response to social issues, including workplace harassment, racism, child protection, suicide, addiction, and domestic violence.
Denise holds a Master of Education from Simon Fraser University focusing on Contemplative Education, and is currently undertaking a PhD in Educational Philosophy and Practice at SFU to better understand the relationship between science and healing by looking at Indigenous wisdom traditions and utilizing the theoretical frameworks of attachment theory, resilience research and neuroscience. She has the privilege of holding a Faculty position with The Neufeld Institute, specializing in Development, Attachment Psychology, Trauma and Resilience. Denise holds a BC Provincial Instructors Diploma from VCC and is a Certified Professional Coach with advanced training in systems work. Denise has spent over 6 years studying Process Psychology with Dr. Stephen Schuiteveorder as her mentor. Her particular focus is on Gathering Our Medicine and how our diversity of Indigenous placed based cultures provide the most natural context for teaching, learning, healing, cross-cultural relationships, resiliency, and spirituality.
Denise has vast experience working in community and training Educators, Parents and Parent Groups, Social Workers, Early Childhood Educators, Mental Health Practitioners and other Helping Professionals.