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Aboriginal Healing Presentation
Transcript of Aboriginal Healing Presentation
Social Work Practice Historical Context Healing Approaches Aboriginal Healing and Social Work Practice Questions? Western Medicine vs. Aboriginal Healing Healing Camp Video Defining Healing Healing is challenging to define
Aboriginal culture is known for their oral tradition
Aboriginal culture is heterogeneous, there cultures are often different and extremely diverse Three Aspects of Healing 1. It comes from within and moves outward
2. Often starts with the individual, then moves to family and community
3. It is a holistic approach in addressing all aspects of life and keeping them in balance Red Road
Sweet Grass Trail
Way of the Pipe It is a journey that has a clear direction toward healing. However, healing has its challenges. It is acceptable to 'fall off the path' and when the person is ready to take the journey again, he or she is welcomed back The government interfered with Aboriginal healing procedures by outlawing practice and ceremonies in the amendment of the Indian Act in 1884 and banned till 1951. The Elders and medicine people took their healing practices underground. Healing Within Communities
•Education Canoe Journey
There is a chasm between Traditional Aboriginal Healing and Western Medicine that is due in part to the lack of Complimentary Alternative Medicine being studied in Canadian medical schools. In 1999 only 38% of Canadian medical schools offered courses in C.A.M. Western medicine is not all encompassing. Western Medicine neglects to consider many of the issues that Aboriginals are faced with on a daily basis; including poverty, overcrowding, pollution to the land, the pollution to natural resources, the psychological effects of generations of oppression. Western Medicine fails to recognize the
importance of the skill of
effective listening as integral to the
healing process. Traditional
Aboriginal Healing focuses on the notion that
“Language is our Ancestral breath”.
It is through verbal communication that
the gift of tradition,
the gift of healing and the
meaning of creation is passed down
from one generation to the next. Western Medicine is predominantly
focused on pathology.
Traditional Aboriginal Healing is more
holistic, incorporating the
interconnectedness of the spiritual,
the mental, the emotional and the
of every unique individual. Challenges •Social Workers must appreciate the centrality of Aboriginal culture in any process of healing. Social Workers must also recognize that this culture is immensely diverse.
•Social Workers have a professional obligation to practice cultural competence and ensure cultural safety. These are key components of working with Aboriginal people in relation to healing approaches. oAround implementing, values, teachings
oHow to get community members involved
oWhere will the funding come from
oHow and whom will do the research
o“Who has control?”
oThere are restrictions put on Indigenous social work practice. “Indigenous methods like the talking circle, family group conferencing and restorative justice have some profile in the literature and are gaining popularity in social service settings. More mainstream agencies are working collectively with Aboriginal people in efforts to provide service in a much more culturally sensitive way” (Baikie, 2009, p. 42). Medicine Wheel First Nations School Breaks Through Stereotypes
-Globe and Mail October, 13 2012 •Western/ non Aboriginal social work
interventions have been empirically
found to be ineffective in responding to
the needs of Aboriginal healing.
Family Violence example "Help for the helper" Living in harmony with and being able to provide for our families and communities;
Knowing who we are, where we belong, that we matter and are accepted;
Feeling at peace with the Creator;
Caring for others, being cared for, feeling pride in ourselves and having others believe in our abilities;
Knowing our history and cultures, and;
Being responsible for our actions and understanding that our actions can shape our futures. (Baskin, 2009, p.133) 'Culture is Therapy' - Medicine Wheel
- Talking Circles
- Sweat Lodge Medicines - Sweet Grass, Sage, Tobacco, Cedar
- Physical Health
- Self Healing