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AVAILABLE EXPERT – Grief in the wake of the La Loche shooting

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Queen's University professor Jill Scott is available to comment on challenges facing residents of La Loche, Saskatchewan, in the wake of Friday's school shooting. 

"In some ways, the standard insight on public mourning and grief applies here, but there are differences in that this is a predominantly First Nation community with culturally-specific needs in terms of processing grief and trauma," says Dr. Scott. "It is also different in that this is a community that has been in crisis frequently in the past around violence, suicide and other challenges." 

In addition to her role as Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning),  Dr. Scott is a professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, cross-appointed with the Department of Gender Studies and affiliated with the Department of Cultural Studies. Her research focus includes Indigenous cultural revitalization, restorative and transitional justice, forgiveness and reconciliation, and the social dynamics of mourning & grief.

Dr. Scott is available for print and radio interviews only.

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