Spirituality

Nehiyaw Kiskinawmakewina -- Cree Teachings

Recently, we held in Saddle Lake Cree Nation a cultural camp for addiction counsellors within Treaty 6 Addictions & Mental Health. Response to this activity suggested that this was a significant benefit for the front line workers in their work with the Aboriginal Peoples of their communities which is initial evidence of the benefit of direct knowledge translation in this area.

Our hypothesis is that an informed blend of western modalities & cultural practices will directly benefit community health services for addictions and mental health.

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The Ashish Center for Differently-abled Children

The Ashish Center is an early intervention center for differently-abled children between 3-14 years of age. Students are taught in groups of four and receive occupational and speech therapies and physical education. Older children can enroll in the center's vocational education program, where they receive skills training to become financially independent. Counseling is offered to the students' parents. The center provides government accredited training to other centers and teachers and also helps develop policy around the differently-abled.

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New Delhi
India
28° 38' 4.47" N, 77° 12' 31.2876" E
IN

8000 Drums Pilgrimage

In 1999, the Four Worlds Organization in Canada and the Elders and Wisdom Keepers Council of the Otomi Toltec People in Central Mexico held a gathering for the reunion of the Eagle and the Condor, and together they had a vision. The vision was carried by the leaders of the gathering, and resulted in the First Continental Summit of the Indigenous Peoples in Ottawa in 2001, hosted by the Assembly of First Nations.

Esgenoopetitj Wegatusgk Dancers

Two years ago the Esgenoopetitj Wegatusgk Dancers or Fancy Shawl Dancers group was born. It started out as a group of ten girls getting together to learn about the dance and their culture and is now a group of six who dance proud, strong and with confidence. It is a fast-paced dance with splashes of color on their regailia, each step so quick and light that the young woman looks as though she is literally dancing on air. This spiritual dance represents the opening of a cocoon when the butterfly emerges and when the girls dance you can see that they feel the spirits are with them.

The Gikino Amawaagan First Nation Student and Education Support Wheel

Discovering that First Nation student high school completion was far below the mainstream average was very altering to me because a quality and informed education opens many doors to the future that non-completion closes. Upon examining the issue, I discovered that many proposed solutions were authored by theorists & ivory-tower professionals rather than involving student voices, experiences, direction, and insights into the core of the solution & ways forward.

Kawenna'on:we Primary Immersion

Tsi Tyonnheht Onkwawenna (TTO) has developed and delivered Mohawk Language programs in the community for the past twelve years. It was born from the belief that if measures were not taken the Mohawk language in Tyendinaga would die. At that time we had a population of nearly 2,000 people and less than ten speakers all over the age of 60. In 2003 a long range planning meeting identified a strategy to ensure Mohawk became a living language once again.

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Kawenna'onwe Primary Immersion School

Kawenna’on:we, a Mohawk language immersion program is operated and maintained by parents and Tsi Tyonnheht Onkwawenna Language and Cultural Centre. Kawenna’on:we provides a learning environment for Kanyenkaya children that reflect the values of our ancestors through language and culture, in the spirit of love and respect. The basis of the program is around the Ohenton Karihwatekwen and the traditional ceremonies of the Rotinonhsyon:ni. The children gain language fluency, knowledge of culture and required academics to move forward in life.

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Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory
Canada
44° 11' 0.2004" N, 77° 11' 11.5512" W
CA

Lawrence Yoga Collective

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Our society has made great advances in teaching the value of physical exercise and fitness. There are a number of amazing programs that bring this knowledge to poorer communities. Mindfulness practices such as meditation and yoga are equally valuable to overall health yet these services are largely limited to middle class and affluent people. In our society, almost every reference to yoga in the context of a perfect bodied, affluent looking white woman wearing expensive made for yoga clothing.

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