"SP’s story of resilience and hope is both informative and inspiring. My students learned not only about the ripple effect of residential schools, intergenerational trauma, and the human impact of the Sixties Scoop; but also about the resilience of the human spirit, writing as medicine and the importance of individual action as we rebuild our communities and institutions. Sean also brings the voice of the Drum and medicine of song to his classroom workshops, leaving the students with a sense of connection, and empowered to move forward in a spirit of reconciliation." - Lisa Hodgkinson, Indigenous Studies Lead Teacher, RCSS
"S.P. Joseph Lyons is impactful! He brought up issues our agency and foster parents are currently struggling with. He was able to bring to life the story of an Indigenous person being placed with a family not of his culture, and trying to navigate that as a child and adult. His experiences deeply affected everyone listening and some became very emotional.
S.P was able to speak on how a cultural match placement did not occur for him and the long-lasting effects it had. I feel this is something all workers at this agency would benefit from. Learning tends to resonate more and change our thinking when we can directly link it to impactful examples. I also feel he brings a lot of value and merit in our practice of working with Indigenous people and how they view child welfare.
I feel having S.P come to our agency to speak to workers about his experiences would be beneficial for everyone, especially as we are learning about Indigenous issues and intergenerational trauma." - Sandy McNab, Resource Worker - Adoption, Huron-Perth Children's Aid Society
“S.P Joseph Lyons is a powerful and dynamic speaker, and had a profound impact on his audience at York Region Children’s Aid Society. By sharing his lived experiences through various systems, including the child welfare system, he was able to take the audience through his story of trauma, but also triumph, while evoking need for change in his audience and system. He encourages his audience to increase their awareness, and educate themselves to disrupt and create change." - York Region Children’s Aid Society.