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June 6, 2005
Australian expert to open Toronto conference on community crisis response
What happens when a crisis strikes a community? What kind of supports do
Toronto’s diverse communities need to cope with trauma or tragedy? Those are
the questions which an international conference this week in Toronto will try
to answer.

"Community Crisis Response: Looking Through a Cultural Lens" is a two-day
conference (June 9-10) sponsored by the City of Toronto and its community
safety partners. Media are welcome to attend the opening session of the
conference which will be held at Metro Hall, 55 John St., Thursday, June 9 from
9 to 10 a.m.

Keynote speaker for the conference is Tjanara Goreng Goreng, an international
authority on helping communities deal with crises.

Ms. Goreng Goreng, an Indigenous teacher, healer, artist and writer, is
director of the Centre for Indigenous Education at the University of Melbourne
in Australia. She has had a long career in helping individuals and communities
heal from the affects of violence, addiction and acculturation.

More information on Ms. Goreng Goreng can be found at

This dynamic expert will be available for interviews from June 8.

Media Contact
Michelle Munroe,
Conference Co-ordinator, City of Toronto,



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