Staff working with Inuit peoples can benefit from using four culturally-relevant resources, now available in both English and Inuktitut.
The delivery of health services and prevention programs is particularly challenging in Nunavut. Individual communities are not connected by road, and community health centres are seen as the point of entry for a majority of health services. While a strong government effort is being made to train more Inuit as nurses, mental health workers, midwives and other health professionals, the majority of service professionals in Inuit communities are still non-Inuit and only in the north for short periods of time. As a result, these professionals are not always aware of service needs in the context of Inuit culture, history and individual community dynamics.
Meeka Arnakaq, an Inuit Elder and Healer from Pangnirtung, Nunavut, developed a four-part set of culturally relevant wellness resources to assist health care professionals serving Inuit communities. Taking a holistic approach to wellness, these resources address healing, healthy living, childrearing and teamwork through exercises and illustrations that reflect traditional, strength-based Inuit knowledge.
The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse is pleased to partner with Meeka Mamisarvik Healing Centre and Tungasuvvingat Inuit to publish these resources.
The resources can be downloaded as PDF files or ordered as printed manuals. You can also learn more about the Meeka Project and view videos that explain the importance of culturally relevant resources and how the resources are currently used in the field of Inuit wellness and healing.
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Electronic copies of the Meeka wellness resources can be downloaded in English or Inuktitut by clicking the appropriate links below.