HHA BIPOC (for Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) DEATH CAFE
2021 - FIRST THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH @ 7pm EST:
March 4 | April 1 | May 6
HHA BIPOC DEATH CAFES
HHA Death Cafes are part of a global movement "to increase awareness of death with a view to help people make the most of their (finite) lives." Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Death Cafes are safe spaces to discuss end-of-life realities for BIPOC communities. Our unique relationships with our mortality, dying and death, loss and grief have been shaped by hundreds of years systemic and environmental racism, oppression, and violence. HHA recognizes this, and with the support of BIPOC facilitators will hold space for this dialogue, and these communities.
Our BIPOC Facilitator: Chrystal Wàban...
Is an Indigenous full spectrum Doula and Counsellor who has worked to support urban and rural Indigenous community members for close to 20 years. An Algonquin from the Pikwakanagan First Nation, her Death Doula journey started when she began responding to calls to support caregivers for the dying and she soon found herself hosting Death Cafes for Indigenous community programs and small gatherings in private homes.
As founder of the Blackbird Medicines’ Indigenous Death Doula Collective, and the food sovereignty and healing justice garden initiative, Wananoshka Mashkiikii, Chrystal provides community healing justice through access to culture, spiritual care and counselling. While her work took form in the light of her lived experiences with chronic pain and homelessness, poverty, violence and trauma, it is the ways that people connect around death and dying which continues to inspire her.