This project originated out of discussions & research with the urban Aboriginal community which taught us that knowledge translation is important. Therefore, an underlying theme of this project is to understand the effectiveness of traditional Aboriginal healing knowledge when addressing health inequities experienced by Aboriginal peoples. We will be community-guided in developing 7 holistic health circles (HC) to: engage Aboriginal participants in learning about Aboriginal health practices; facilitate a healthier life context for participants; work towards the prevention of risk factors for health issues & validate and create a better understanding of the utility of traditional healing practices. The research question will be 2fold: 1) Do Aboriginal traditional health practices provide a more meaningful way of addressing health strategies for Aboriginal peoples? 2) How does the participation in health circles, based on Aboriginal traditional knowledge, impact the health of Aboriginal peoples? We will gather information through focus groups & interviews with participantsâ€™ about their health knowledge & practices before & after HC attendance; document their experiences of HCs & illuminate how they perceive it has affected their overall health & view of traditional health practices. Knowledge translation is also important; thus, we will also share the knowledge that we gain from this project with & between urban Aboriginal & non-Aboriginal organizations, peoples, & communities.
Research Team members:
Dr. Lee Brown, Team Member, Director of the Institute for Aboriginal Health, UBC