Today's Nunn Talks episode focuses on Orange Shirt Day, celebrated annually on September 30 to acknowledge the experiences of First Nations, Metis and Inuit children in residential schools. In honour of this day, we welcome Westwind staff member Moses Spearchief, an honoured Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor, to our show. Moses recounts his experiences attending residential school, the effects of intergenerational trauma, and his role as an elder in honouring and preserving Blackfoot culture.
Moses holds both a Bachelor's and a Masters of Social Work from Eastern Washington University with a Minor in Alcohol and Drug studies, as well as an Associate Art and Science Degree from Spokane Community College. Moses is currently a counsellor and teacher at Cardston Junior High School and has also taught at Spokane Falls Community College, Salish Community College in Ronan Montana, Blackfeet Community College in Browning Montana and was the Director of Native American Studies for Browning Public School.