The Nova Scotia Trauma Informed Network


On Mud Lake Labrador after crosssing the frozen Churchill
On Mud Lake Labrador after crosssing the frozen Churchill

At NSTIN we have been been thrilled by community, Provincial and Federal responses since forming the Nova Scotia Trauma Informed Network in 2013. Our Trauma Informed workshops have been organized and funded by Nova Scotia, PEI, and Newfoundland Government funded agencies, community-based non-profits, as well as the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Due to the success of the regional workshops, we were asked by PHAC Ottawa to create and deliver a national Webinar for the Public Health Agency of Canada on February 26, 2015: Family Violence Prevention – Building Trauma Informed Communities / La prévention de la violence familiale – sensibiliser les collectivités aux traumatismes. It became one of their top three attended PHAC Webinars.  The NSTIN National Webinar for PHAC, delivered February 26, 2015, is now available online in PPT and Audio formats:–building-trauma-informed-communities–la-prevention-de-la-violence-familiale–sensibiliser-les-collectivites-aux-traumatismes&Itemid=6&lang=en

Recent and Upcoming:

  • Pennsylvania, USA: IIRP World Restorative Practices Conference, October 26, 2015
  • Halifax: First Nations PHAC Atlantic Region funded sites, October 28, 2015
  • Eskasoni First Nation: October 30, 2015
  • Halifax: Vocational Rehabilitation Association, November 26, 2015
  • Yarmouth: NSCC, December 11, 2015
  • Halifax: Shelter Nova Scotia & Mobile Outreach Street Health, January 19 & 20, 2016
  • South Shore: Community Hub multi-agency PD sessions, January 25, February 17, and March 18, 2016
  • Halifax: Atlantic Mentorship Network, March 4, 2016
  • Mi’kmaw Legal Support Network, March 21 & 22, 2016
  • NSHA Public Health, April 28, 2016
  • Department of National Defence, Government of Canada, April 28 & 29, 2016
  • TriCounty: SchoolsPlus Advisory Committee, May 3, 2016
  • Strait Regional School Board, May 26 & June 2, 2016
  • Halifax: Community Justice and Community Partners, June 13 & 14, 2016
  • Halifax: Nova Scotia Department of Justice, November 8, 2016
  • Toronto, ON: Family Service Canada, November 9, 2016
  • Nova Scotia: Victim Services, December 1, 2016
  • Louisdale, Cape Breton, May 30, 2017

NSTIN is committed to advancing Violence- and Trauma-Informed research, knowledge translation, policy development, and community capacity building integrating Health Promotion with Prevention, Early Intervention, and Intervention Services. While individualistic Trauma Informed research and capacity building is emerging across community supports and services, Violence- and Trauma-Informed research and capacity building attending to on-going personal, interpersonal, and social/structural inequities remains largely invisible.

Violence- and Trauma-informed practices are critical for coordinating helpful supports together with underserved individuals, families, and communities.  A Violence- and Trauma-informed approach addresses histories of violence and trauma (for example, First Nations experience of residential schooling in Canada) as well as diverse individual, family and community experiences of ongoing violence, including re-colonization and re-violation, that may be experienced by people even within a Trauma-informed setting.

The workshops and dialogues we facilitate promote a critical, plain language, decolonizing continuum of Violence and Trauma-informed practices, integrated across supports and services together with the unique people, families and communities we serve.  In workshops, topics explored together through practice examples, building on the knowledge and skill of participants, may include:

  • Transforming our practices, and ourselves, by honouring the Violence- and Trauma-informed resilience, knowledge and skill of the people we meet
  • Creating a community-based continuum of Violence- and Trauma-informed Intervention, Early Intervention, Prevention and Health Promotion
  • Unsettling familiar assumptions about Violence
  • Unsettling familiar assumptions about Trauma (including familiar assumptions about vicarious trauma)
  • Community Hubs and critical practice – working together to support collective critical practice helping us question our own participation in colonizing and maladaptive strategies
  • Identifying and supporting practical next steps together in our communities

For more information, visit the Network online at