"Prepared for National Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research in partnership with the Aboriginal Healing Foundation."
"Edited by James B. Waldram".
"In 1992, a national team of researchers was funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) to form the National Network for Aboriginal Mental Health Research. One of the funded projects within this network was 'Models and Metaphors of Mental Health and Healing in Aboriginal Communities'. Working in conjunction with the Aboriginal Healing Foundation (AHF), several goals for this project were developed. .... In this publication, we wish to provide a substantial body of data and a pragmatic analysis built around passages offered by the clients and therapists/healers themselves. We want this report to offer guidance to other Aboriginal groups considering their own development of healing programs and to existing health care programs that are interested in developing more culturally appropriate services for an Aboriginal clientele. ..... An important theme that emerges from all of the chapters is the cultural, age, and gender heterogeneity of the client or patient base that is served by these programs. Of particular note, the researchers found that relatively few research participants had personal experiences as residential school students. Rather, what we found is that the legacy of the residential school system has left a deep impact on the social, cultural, and psychological make-up of these individuals. People continue to suffer because of the far-reaching impact of the schools, be it within their own families and communities or intergenerationally because of dysfunctional behaviours passed down from parents or grandparents who did attend. Combating this complex legacy is exactly what these programs are designed to do". pp. 1, 3.
Contents: Contributors -- The Models and Metaphors of Healing / James B. Waldram -- The Community Youth Initiative Project / Naomi Adelson and Amanda Lipinski -- Making the Intangible Manifest: Healing Practices of the Qul-Aun Trauma Program / Jo-Anne Fiske -- Moving Towards Healing: A Nunavut Case Study / Christopher Fletcher and Aaron Denham -- The Pisimweyapiy Counselling Centre: Paving the Red Road to Wellness in Northern Manitoba / Joseph P. Gone -- Building a Nation: Healing in an Urban Context / James B. Waldram, Rob Innes, Marusia Kaweski, and Calvin Redman.