Spirit Magazine focuses on sharing BC First Nations inspirational journey of health through wellness. The magazine shares success stories, new ideas, and offers helpful tools and tips for staying well.
Health & Wellness
This CBC News article includes a short video and looks at a program at Wanuskewin Heritage Park —a walking tour of medicinal plants used by Indigenous peoples. Or read Braiding Sweet: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer. “As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers.” A delicious read.
Cancer Care Ontario invites health care professionals to earn certified credits and enhance knowledge and cultural competency of First Nations Inuit and Métis people by completing online courses.
Douglas Bird clothing represents strength in overcoming trauma. A powerful placement of images and words placed on garments that can be worn with pride and giving the people who wear these garments an uplifting sense of freedom.
Created by Niall Schofield empowers people whose lives have been affected by FASD. His story is one of triumph over life’s struggles through faith and determination. He knows first-hand what it takes to change your life.
Heartspeak is about sharing stories that inspire and providing inspirational educational media to support well-being and success. In this segment, Senator Murray Sinclair (Chair, Truth & Reconciliation Commission) provides background on the history of residential schools and the work of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission. He highlights the need to teach the history and intergenerational impact of residential schools and our shared responsibility to forge a new relationship of mutual respect and trust.
Everyone, at some point in their journey of Reconciliation, needs to read the 94 Calls to Action recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to “redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation.” Or connect here to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission Final Report to read other sections and excerpts.
We have included this action in every category and every path on this website as a reminder of how important it is for us to understand the history and path of Reconciliation in our country.
Friendship Centres provide services to urban Indigenous communities. Friendship Centres were first established in the 1950s, and there are now more than 100 Centres across Canada. Find your local Friendship Centre through the National Association of Friendship Centres or visit:
Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon Indian & Métis Friendship Centres
“Medicine is all around us. For centuries, Indigenous peoples found all of the medicine they needed on the land, using plants to treat a variety of ailments and conditions.” Learn more from the guides at Wanuskewin.
An article in Walrus magazine looks at the destruction of Indigenous food systems and asks what would it take to restore them.
Meet Dr. Nadine Caron, Canadas first female First Nations Surgeon on CBC Radio, The Current. Hear Dr. Caron talk about how traditional Indigenous healing practices and Western medicine can co-exist.
First Peoples, Second Class Treatment explores the role of racism in the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples in Canada. This extensive study was published by The Wellesley Institute and the entire study can be downloaded here.