Traditional Healing

General outline. (12 hours)

These are suggested resources for teaching about healthy living. None of this is prescribed and you are encouraged to bring in as much local knowledge and resources as you can.

Traditional Medicines

This is an excerpt about traditional medicines from the publication Gespisiq published by the Mi’gmawei Mawiomi Secretariat, 2013.

Onkwanónhkwa (Our Medicines)

Featuring Ranikonhriio Lazare & Katsenhaiénton Lazare

Episode 3: the Broadleaf Plantain/Teionerahtastaráthe

See more episodes here.

Mindfulness Practice

Image of river with fir trees on a far shore and blue sky above with the text: 
"Getting in touch with nature. 
This is what we need to do more.
This is all part of healing...
It's therapeutic.
This needs to happen more,
on a regular basis.
Because this is what we need."
by Ann Martin, Group Home Leader & Child Care Worker.
Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay.

This video talks of a land-based healing model with the goals of improving autonomy and communication skills.

Possible Journal Prompts

Journaling is personal and can be related to any thoughts or feelings that come up as a result of this unit.

It can also be a good place to start to explore questions related to the end of course assignment for Spiritual Wellness.

Here is a journaling prompt, if you want one.

  • What do you know about traditional medicines?
  • What are your thoughts on this quote from the article in Gespisiq:

Mi’gmaq shared their knowledge with Europeans upon their arrival and in many cases helped to save their lives when they became ill. The Mi’gmaq knowledge of roots and medicines make up the
basis of many of the prescription drugs that you see in the stores today. This is a major contribution that the Mi’gmaq and other first nations made to all of society.

Gespisiq, 2013

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