Students' experiences of Indigenous community-driven postsecondary wellness education as a means towards individual & collective wellness

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Ouellette, Nevada
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
Kihcihtwaw Asinew Iskwew
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education
This thesis used ᐃᓰᐦᒋᑫᐏᐣ/Isîhcikêwin, an Indigenist research paradigm, to explore students’ experiences of participating in the Poo'miikapii: Niitsitapii Approaches to Wellness and Niitsitapiisinni: Real People’s Way of Life programs, which took place in Niitsitapii (Blackfoot) territory in collaboration with Niitsitapii Elders and knowledge holders. Six conversations with Aawaystamattsa (Blackfoot for “learner”) were used for this research. The Aawaystamattsa were integral co-researchers throughout this process. Findings comprised eight teachings. The two foundational teachings that encompass all other teachings are (1) Indigenous Culture is Healing, and (2) Reconciling Relationships Through Education. The remaining teachings are Personal and Professional Benefits, Strengthening Allyship & Relationships, Intergenerational Wellness/Healing, Community/Collective Wellness, Nations Experiencing Wellness, and Cultural Identity. Included in this thesis is an ᒪᒐᐢᑌᐦᐊᒪᓇᑫᐃᐧᐣ/Macastēhamānakēwin (Cree for “offering”) to communities, institutions, organizations, and agencies who wish to implement programs to support community-based capacity to respond to community wellness needs in sustainable, culturally relevant ways.
Decolonization , Indigenous peoples -- Education , Indigenous peoples -- Health and hygiene , Indigenous peoples -- Mental health , Indigenous peoples -- Research , Reconciliation , Dissertations, Academic