Sober for October: Breaking Intergenerational Cycles – Linda’s Sobriety Journey – FNHA

Oct 23, 2023

Linda, Tła’li’pi’ni’ga̱ – which means ‘One who is always helping’, is from the Gwa’sala-Nakwaxda’xw First Nation on her maternal grandma’s side and the Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation on her maternal grandpa’s side. Her dad, Jamie, is a white settler. Linda has been on her sobriety journey from alcohol for three years and three months.

Linda, like many First Nations people, experienced trauma as a direct result of colonialism and residential schools. Her grandmother was apprehended and​ placed in St. Michael’s Residential School in Alert Bay; her mother was part of the 60s scoop. That cycle of trauma was repeated when Linda and her sister were taken and placed in the child welfare system. ​

Linda’s par​​ents were entrenched in substance and alcohol use and she was only four-years-old when she was sent away from her community to a foster home in Squamish. She would spend the rest of her childhood in the foster care system. Due to this intergenerational and ongoing trauma, Linda describes herself growing up as a “lost little girl” without any connections or true understanding of herself, her parents or her home community.

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