What are they?
But what is culture?
How does culture impact clients and workers?
What do professionals need to consider when providing culturally-based care to Indigenous people?
These are some of the questions that are explored in Wabano’s Culture as Treatment symposiums.
Wabano has been hosting Culture as Treatments symposiums for the past 10 years. Our symposiums attract over 200 attendees from across the Ontario, mainly service providers who work with Indigenous people. The purpose of our symposiums is to educate attendees on:
- Historical and current inequities facing Indigenous people;
- The impact of these inequities on both systems and Indigenous people today;
- The impact of culture in health and wellness of Indigenous people; and
- The proper roles for service providers (mainstream and Indigenous) in supporting Indigenous wellbeing.
Our symposium is titled “Now Now Now”. It is based on the Mohawk language where the words for past, present and future are connected to the concept of now. The language acknowledges that everything is happening in this present moment:
- Now – looking back and seeing how things used to be and how well they worked.
- Now – the view of how things are today.
- Now – contextualizing the way forward.
This teaching reminds of the one thing: When it comes to well-being of Indigenous children and youth, the time is now to reframe our approach to care.
Past symposiums & speakers
Each year, our symposiums focus on a different area of Indigenous well-being. In 2018, our focus is on: Health Equity and the impact on Child & Youth Mental Health.
|2016, Nov||Connecting Our Health To Our Creation Stories|
|2016, Feb||Debwewin: Speaking the Truth: Inspiring Change Through Indigenous Practice & Knowledges|
|2015, Feb||Journey to Safety: Creating a Place of Belonging|
|2014, May||Closing the Circle: Youth and Families Journey to Wellness|
|2013, Sept||Our Children and Youth – An Aboriginal Perspective on Mental Health and Addictions|
|2013, March||Traditional Medicines: Health from the Land|
|2011, Nov||Health From An Aboriginal Perspective|
|2009, March||Creating Tools for Healing and Wellness|
|2008, June||Pim-a-chi-ho-win: The Way We Live|
|2007, Nov||Searching, Seeking, Seeing! Supporting the Journey of our Aboriginal Youth|
|2007, Feb||Honouring Our Families|
Wabano is honoured to host acclaimed and renowned professionals from across North America as guest speakers. Past speakers include:
Elders and Cultural Specialists