BeCause & Effect #107: Salena Starling

Children, Youth & Families

On this week’s episode of BeCause & Effect, we speak with Salena Starling, president of Community of Big Hearts. Salena, an 18-year-old Indigenous woman, shares her story about spending her life as a youth in care.

In Community of Well-Being: The Winnipeg Foundation’s 2023-2026 Strategic Plan, the Foundation established the goal of “Reducing the number of children engaged in Manitoba’s child welfare system, and support better outcomes for those youth aging out of the system.”

Part of that process includes hearing from people with lived experience. Salena has been gracious and honest with her time and her story. In this episode, Nolan and Salena talk about her experience as a youth in care, her family’s generational trauma, and how she fosters reconciliation through her work with Community of Big Hearts.

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