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Adaptive Practices: Mental Health



A research team from the Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence (PWHCE) conducted community-based interviews and focus group sessions with 46 Aboriginal women from Winnipeg and Saskatoon to talk about their mental health concerns, needs and coping strategies, and particularly to gather their suggestions on how to better improve the mental health services, programs and supports. This report seeks to fill a gap in the current understandings of mental health through unique and diverse community-based perspectives and narratives of Aboriginal women. Read more.

kiskinohamâtôtâpânâsk : Inter-Generational Effects on Professional First Nations Women Whose Mothers are Residential School Survivors


Over 2010/2011, Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence (PWHCE) set out to understand the inter-generational legacy of residential schools on First Nations women. The report provides the findings of this exploratory project. Read more.

Digital Stories – First Nations Women Explore the Legacy of Residential Schools


The Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence shares access to the “digital stories” created by 6 First Nations women in: kiskino mâto tapanâsk: Intergenerational Effects on Professional First Nations Women Whose Mothers are Residential School Survivors. It involved a process of documenting, in First Nations women’s own words and “digital stories”, their understanding of how they had been impacted by the schools. Read more.

Aboriginal Experiences of Aging and Dementia in a Context of Sociocultural Change: Qualitative Analysis of Key Informant Group Interviews with Aboriginal Seniors


This study examines the role of culture and cultural perceptions about aging and dementia during the recognition, diagnosis and treatment of age-related cognitive impairment, which remains an understudied area of clinical neuropsychology. This paper describes a qualitative study based on a series of key informant group interviews with an aboriginal grandmothers group in Saskatchewan. Read more.

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) — Meeka Project


This four-part wellness resource takes a holistic approach to Inuit healing, healthy living, child rearing and teamwork. The resource equips social workers, wellness counsellors, midwives and other front-line health-care workers and educators with culturally relevant tools to better serve Inuit and Nunavummiut populations. Read more.

Stories of the Night Sky


This website connects aboriginal youth with community elders, with the goal of capturing the essence of storytelling through the elders’ words, and provides participant biographies and a profile of their aboriginal community. Read more.