Canadore College Researching Integration of Culture as it Relates to Wellness
Apr 12, 2018 | Canadore College
(NORTH BAY, ONT.) – Canadore College has received a $149,858 grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to explore how Indigenous cultural continuity affects physical health, overall well-being and the likelihood of postsecondary success.
The one-year Cultural Continuity and Physical Health: Creating a Model of Resiliency Among Indigenous Post-Secondary Students and Their Families project ultimately aims at creating a model of resiliency among Indigenous postsecondary students and their families through the implementation of greater cultural continuity, which is traditionally defined as maintaining intact family structures and the engagement of elders to pass along traditions to subsequent generations. It can be further characterized to include knowledge of the land and environmental stewardship, traditional medicine, spirituality, traditional foods and activities and Indigenous languages.
“We are very excited about conducting this research,” said Mary Wabano, director of the First Peoples’ Centre and associate dean of Indigenous Studies at Canadore College. “While we know as Indigenous Peoples that our overall health is directly linked to
The study will consist of a
“Our beliefs are entrenched in respect and the validity of our findings is dependent on guaranteeing this principle in our research,” said Wabano.
Keeping within this standard, data will be collected through conversation so that it reflects the community’s beliefs, truths
“Our research will have achieved the reclamation of Indigenous
Canadore College’s Patty Chabbert and Mary Wabano are the project’s principal applicant and knowledge user respectively. The research will be carried out in collaboration with the Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario, the Anishinabek Nation
Canadore College is also completing another research project funded by the CIHR that utilizes culturally-relevant learning simulations through human participants to improve interprofessional collaboration amongst various healthcare providers with a particular focus on working with Indigenous populations living and coping with cancer.
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