Baabayn Group

Baabayn Healing Program Club


Intergenerational trauma is the major cause of symptoms including depression, anxiety, negative relationships, substance abuse and violence.

Join us for this fantastic opportunity to learn about culturally restorative and trauma informed approaches on the trauma affecting our mob and how to make positive changes based on the strength and resilience of our culture and identity.


DON LYONS (Ojibwe / Haudenosaunee)

Don Lyons is a citizen of the Anishinabek nation. An enrolled citizen of Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe located in Northern Minnesota and Haudenosaunee located in Six Nations Ontario. The Ojibwe, Ojibwa, or Chippewa are an Anishinaabeg group of indigenous peoples in North America. They live in Canada and the United States and are one of the largest Indigenous ethnic groups north of the Rio Grande. In Canada, they are the second-largest First Nations population, surpassed only by the Cree. In the United States, they have the fourth-largest population among Native American tribes, surpassed only by the Navajo, Cherokee, and Lakota-Dakota-Nakota peoples.

Don is bear clan on his father’s side and turtle clan on his mother side. Don is a well-respected and sought after international trainer, facilitator and presenter. Raised in Detroit MI, Don holds a BA in Business and MSW degree from Michigan State University. Don has over 15 years of international, domestic, state and tribal experience related to youth engagement, community engagement, community/individual wellness, historical trauma/resilience, cultural sensitivity, trauma informed practices, prevention, treatment, program evaluation and community development. Don is a skilled facilitator/trainer/coach/presenter and is a master Gathering of Native American (GONA) trainer. The GONA is a First Nation based wellness and planning process.

“Laugh together, we can work together, we can make change together”

Ms Maria Trevizo (Ysleta Pueblo / Purépecha)

Maria is an international speaker and has worked in the human services field over forty years. She is a Certified Psychiatric Technician and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor II. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from The Evergreen State Collage. Maria is a traditional singer and facilitator in the wellness field. She helps youth and adults to rediscover their own inner joy and beauty. As a facilitator, Maria coaches’ individuals, communities and tribes in recognizing the resilience and strength gained from working as a healthy team.
Maria works collaboratively with many North American tribes of the United States, Canada and Mexico. Maria has served as a consultant to agencies and institutions such as The Department of Health and Human Services, The Center for Disease Control, and numerous colleges and universities. Maria’s favorite work is the work she does with youth, women and the Two-Spirit Community. Maria believes that by reclaiming our traditions and ceremonies, healing is restored.


John Hunter belongs to the Gamilaraay and Wiradjuri people of north western NSW. He has extensive professional experience and academic training in the field of environmental management and has a PhD in Biology. He has worked with his own community to record, restore and maintain the traditional knowledge of his elders. He has also played key roles in in coordinating previous cross cultural exchange initiatives between Indigenous people across the world.

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