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Title: Anishnaabek Nanadagin: Examining the role of traditional healing within diabetes management
Authors: Stevenson, Melissa
Supervisor(s): Dr. Karen Cook, (Athabasca University); Dr. Jeff Vallance, (Athabasca University)
Examining Committee: Margaret Rauliuk (Athabasca University)
Caroline Foster-Boucher (MacEwan University)
Degree: Master of Nursing (MN)
Department: Faculty of Health Disciplines
Keywords: Indigenous peoples
Indigenous research methodology
Diabetes management
Traditional healing
Integrated care
Spiritual care
Indigenous traditional teachings
Indigenous traditional ceremonies
Issue Date: 22-Sep-2023
Abstract: The Indigenous peoples of Canada have suffered a precarious history of colonization leading to trauma from residential school experiences, health inequities resulting in poorer health outcomes and an increased burden of disease as compared to the non-Indigenous peoples. The goal of this research was to examine the role of traditional healing within diabetes management. Using Indigenous research methodology and grounding the research process in Indigenous ways of knowing, culturally safe spaces were created for participants to share. Traditional Healers and the people living with type 2 diabetes emphasize the importance of integrated care of traditional, western medical, and self-care for attaining overall wellness. Understanding the relational influence between themselves, their family, community, and ancestors was of utmost importance. Balance was achieved when mental, emotional, physical, and Spiritual aspects of self were interconnected. A conceptual model of Indigenous diabetes wellness is presented and incorporates all the representative themes of this research.
Graduation Date: Sep-2023
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10791/420
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