Writing through trauma. How journalists are doing things differently, to care for those in their stories and themselves.: 2023-03-23

Thursday, March 23, 2023 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

This workshop is in the past and registrations are unavailable.

Registration dates
closed Wednesday, March 22, 2023 - 6:00am

All times are Pacific Time Zone (Vancouver, BC, Canada).

About the workshop

A conversation between Tamara Cherry and Karen Snowshoe, trauma-informed journalism experts, and Angela Sterritt. Not just for journalists but anyone wanting to have a trauma informed practice in their work and life. 

This event is part of SFU Library's series of activities with our Non-Fiction Writer in Residence, journalist and author Angela Sterritt! Learn more about the Non-Fiction Writer in Residence events.


Tamara Cherry is a trauma researcher, survivor advocate, and award-winning journalist who spent the bulk of her career in some of Canada’s largest newsrooms. In late 2019, Tamara left her post as CTV News Toronto’s crime specialist to form Pickup Communications, a public relations firm that supports trauma survivors and the stakeholders who surround them. Tamara is the author of All the Bumpy Pebbles, a novel about domestic sex trafficking that was inspired by the stories shared with Tamara by survivors. Her forthcoming non-fiction debut, The Trauma Beat: A Case for Re-Thinking the Business of Bad News, focuses on her research examining the impact of the media on trauma survivors and the impact of trauma on members of the media. Part-journalism, part-memoir, The Trauma Beat draws on the experiences of more than 100 trauma survivors — from homicides to traffic fatalities, sexual violence to mass violence. Tamara is a regular voice on Newstalk 1010 radio in Toronto and across the iHeart Radio Talk Network. She lives in Regina, Saskatchewan with her partner and their three kids.

Since 2009 Karen Snowshoe has developed a dispute resolution practice that draws upon her formal education, lived-experience and traditional knowledge generationally passed down through her Tetlit-Gwich’in heritage. Karen is a leader in providing trauma- informed and culturally sensitive investigations. As senior counsel with the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and Two-Spirit People (MMIWG2S), Karen built, trained, and led a national team of statement gatherers who conducted trauma-informed interviews across Canada.

Karen is a highly sought-after educator in trauma- informed practice. Her customized workshops on Indigenous Reconciliation and Trauma-Informed Practice have garnered widespread acclaim for inspiring participant to engage in reconciliation in a way that honours the humanity and dignity of all. In the spirit of keeping people safe and grounded during sessions, Karen co-facilitates with a Registered Clinical Counselor rooted in cultural humility.

Karen brings a unique perspective to her work, which includes respect and appreciation for the diversity of peoples and cultures throughout British Columbia, Canada, and the world.

Karen has been a long-time resident on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwxw̱ ú7mesh (Squamish), and Selí̓lw̓ itulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, today known as Vancouver. She also lived and worked in Canada’s north (the Yukon and the Northwest Territories) for 14 years.

Angela Sterritt is an award-winning investigative journalist and author from the Gitanmaax community of the Gitxsan Nation on her dad’s side and from Bell Island Newfoundland on her maternal side. Sterritt has worked as a television, radio, and digital journalist for more than a decade. She is currently the host of the CBC original podcast Land Back. Her book Unbroken, a work that is part memoir and part investigation into the murders and disappearances of Indigenous women will be published on May 30, 2023, by Greystone Books.


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