UCalgary Poo’miikapii Program puts Indigenous knowledge at forefront of mental health treatment

Posted on August 15th, 2017

Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing have not been at the forefront when supporting wellness needs for Indigenous communities. The Poo’miikapii Program seeks to change this by educating service providers, educators, health-care professionals, and other community members on how to provide better mental health services to Indigenous peoples.

Karlee Fellner, an assistant professor in Indigenous Education Counselling Psychology in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary is conducting research for the development, implementation and impact of the Poo’miikapii Program, the first of its kind.

The Poo’miikapii Program is a four-course interdisciplinary Master of Education topic offered through the Werklund School of Education, and delivered on the land using traditional Blackfoot pedagogical practices of experiential learning, including oral knowledge sharing and cultural mentorship.

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