A conference taking place in Sudbury on Friday is finding ways for male survivors of sexual abuse to incorporate traditional Aboriginal values into their healing process.

The "Healing the Fire Within" conference is being organized by the Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre. The executive director of the organization said the sexual abuse of Aboriginal men has roots in a traumatic piece of history.

"With the residential school came a number of intergenerational affects of trauma," Angela Recollet said.

"This is where it stems from. So, in current day, we still have to address and deal with some of the things that came out of those schools and the treatment of our children."

Recollet said this is the second year for the conference and more than 50 men have already pre-registered

She also said the day's events are open to all male survivors of sexual abuse, not just those of First Nations background.