Beyond care: Validating a first nations mental wellness framework

Grace Kyoon-Achan, Naser Ibrahim, Rachel Eni, Wanda Phillips-Beck, Josée Lavoie, Kathi Avery Kinew, Alan Katz

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Worldwide, Indigenous peoples focus on being well rather than merely managing diseases and illnesses. We have elaborated on a mental wellness framework earlier developed with Manitoba First Nations (FN). This article further explores wider community perspectives in relation to the themes previously shared by FN Elders. Surveys were administered to a simple random sample of participants by household in 8 participating FN communities. We determined what resonates from the wellness framework in order to expand understanding of mental wellness in FN communities. Appropriate application of traditional health knowledge and practices may result in increased self-awareness and contribute to mental well-being in FN people.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-80
Number of pages14
JournalCanadian Journal of Community Mental Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • First Nations
  • Innovation
  • Mental wellness
  • Traditional health knowledge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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