Marcia Mirasty on Language Revitalization, Residential School & Reconciliation

Marcia Mirasty

The purpose of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada was to acknowledge the physical, emotional and spiritual trauma from the residential school experience, and “ guide and inspire Aboriginal peoples and Canadians in a process of reconciliation and renewed relationships that are based on mutual understanding and respect” (

They created 94 recommendations aka Calls to Action for residential school healing. For many years Marcia Mirasty has been directly involved in healing and reconciliation for her community of Flying Dust First Nations.

Her experience speaking and presenting for the last twenty years in northern Saskatchewan, working as a Health Director for her community, and as a

Mental Health Therapist for the Department of Health, First Nation and Inuit Branch gives her unique insights to what Indigenous people in Canada need in order to heal.

On today’s episode Marcia shares the importance of language and culture revitalization, her action steps for making change in community, her understanding of reconciliation and the impacts of the TRC/calls to action, the three conditions that must exist for healing to occur and the resources for community healing.

“Reconciliation is about fairness, equality, and working together in the best way we know how. We’re bound to make some mistakes, but as long as we continue to learn from them we’re going to be powerful, we’re going to advance…we’re going to see our people rise up and take their rightful positions in society.” Marcia Mirasty

Listen to this episode

Today on the Women Warriors Podcast

  • The importance of Indigenous language revitalization (5:05)
  • Childhood role models & supports (6:49)
  • Advice for women with families returning to higher education (10:40)
  • Her mantra for success (12:50)
  • Empower a woman, empower a nation (13:00)
  • Indigenous women as powerful role models (14:34)
  • Her action steps for making change in community (15:03)
  • Her definition of reconciliation (16:18)
  • Challenging Cindy Blackstock’s definition of forgiveness (17:27)
  • What it means to bring spirituality back to leadership (19:25)
  • Her family history with residential school (21:25)
  • Her experience with residential school survivors as Health Manager at Flying Dust First Nation (24:20)
  • The three things that need to take place for healing to occur (28:02)
  • Her views on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and Calls to Action (29:26)
  • The importance of traditional knowledge in western society and post-secondary education (31:23)
  • Closing the health gap (33:13)
  • What do communities in Northern Saskatchewan need to help with the suicide crisis? (34:09)
  • Advice for parents with youth that have suicidal ideation (36:25)
  • Suicide as a community problem (36:46)
  • Resources for community healing (37:36)
  • The women she admires (43:00)
  • Words of wisdom for Indigenous women (44:15)

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