Sharing Our Wisdom: A Holistic Aboriginal Health Initiative Conference; 9-4:30 pm, May 20, 2015

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Attention Elders, Youth, Community Members, Helpers who work in Aboriginal health (e.g., Counsellors, Social Workers, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, MDs, Psycholgists, Psychiatrists, Front Line Workers, Outreach workers) and anyone else interested in learning about Aboriginal Healthcare strategies and practices….


This research project originated out of discussions and research with the urban Aboriginal community which taught us that community based research, Indigenous Knowledge, and knowledge translation are important and have much to offer academia. An underlying theme of this project was to gain an understanding of the effectiveness of traditional Aboriginal healing knowledge when addressing health inequities experienced by Aboriginal peoples. With the guidance of the Aboriginal Health Working Group (Aboriginal Elders and community members who specialize in Aboriginal health) we developed 7 holistic health circles (workshops) to: engage Aboriginal participants in learning about Aboriginal health practices; facilitate a healthier life context; work towards the prevention of risk factors for health issues and validate and create a better understanding of the utility of traditional healing practices. The research question was twofold: 1) Do Aboriginal traditional health practices provide a more meaningful way of addressing health strategies for Aboriginal peoples? 2) How does the participation in health circles, based on Aboriginal traditional knowledge, impact the health of Aboriginal peoples? We recruited Aboriginal community members to participate in the research. We gathered information through focus groups and interviews with participants’ about their health knowledge and practices before and after health circle attendance; documented their experiences of the health circles, and illuminated how they perceive it has affected their overall health and view of traditional health practices.

We want to SHARE OUR WISDOM and the findings from the project through an interactive Aboriginal Health conference day. Please join us for the day to engage in dialogue concerning Aboriginal health.


PANEL- Aboriginal Elders and Community Members will share their experiences with this project

Lunch, door prizes, entertainment and great dialogue will be provided!

If you would like to attend this FREE conference

Please register and pass along to others!!

We would like to thank the VANCOUVER FOUNDATION for their generous funding for this research project!

Have questions about Sharing Our Wisdom: A Holistic Aboriginal Health Initiative Conference? Contact Indigenous Peoples Research Partnerships and the Aboriginal Health Working Group

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