Gerald Kiesman has accomplished a  great deal in the eight years since he moved away from Prince Rupert.   Prince Rupert Daily  News  June 9, 2008   Gerald Kiesman has accomplished a  great deal in the eight years since he moved away from Prince Rupert.  A resident of the city for 35 years, he left in 2000 and  headed to Victoria  seeking to find the resources he needed to deal with a history of trauma and  abuse. From the moment he took his first counselling class and gained  employment in the field, he has gone on to research how trauma impacts the mind  and body, and recently created a Trauma Resource Kit for Aboriginal  Communities.   “In ’98 I started my healing and realized there was a  lack of materials and books that were available in layman’s terms, because a  lot of books about trauma are written by psychologists,” said Kiesman.  “So, for the average person trying to heal, I found a lack of resources.  There’s also a lack of services to help people confronting childhood and other  types of trauma.” One of Kiesman’s major focuses has been on helping  residential school survivors and inter-generations deal with their trauma, and  the kit he has created includes healing guides for former residential school  students, as well as Aboriginal children, youths and people with disabilities.  The kit also includes a training manual for frontline workers, as well as the  theory behind trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder.  Since working through his own healing, Kiesman worked with  several trauma projects, attended nearly 150 alternative dispute hearings,  trained in therapeutic re-enactment at the University  of British Columbia and in trauma  counselling at the University   of Victoria. He says that  after all he has learned, it became obvious that one of the key problems in Canada is the  availability of resources for trauma victims, which is why he began working  with the B.C. Aboriginal Network on Disability Society in October on the B.C.  Aboriginal Restorative Health Project.   “It was a pilot-project to provide training on trauma  and PTSD to frontline workers, as well as healing workshops in different  communities,” said Kiesman. “One of the target areas I’ve been  working in is the North Coast, including Terrace, Kitimat, and Morricetown,  and I’ve done two healing workshops in Prince    Rupert for the Nisga’a Society. The response has  really been excellent.”  The launch of Kiesman’s trauma resource kit coincides with Canada’s  official apology to residential school survivors, which the Prime Minister will  deliver on Wednesday. Kiesman said he wanted the kit to be available to  Aboriginal communities before the apology, as he believes it will include  healing but will also cause many communities to re-live the trauma of the past. Copies of the kit, other support materials and more  information on Kiesman can be found by contacting Gerald at   To find out how to subscribe to the Daily News (we can mail  the paper anywhere), please give us a call at (250) 624-6785 or call toll free  1-800-343-0022. © (c) CanWest MediaWorks Publications Inc.