"Integrative Health and Healing: Co-learning our Way to Expanding "
Integrative Health and Healing: Co-learning our Way to Expanding Wholeness Through Restoration of Relationships with the Land Project theme: Mother Earth and her lessons for humans about health, healing, and wholeness Project guiding thought: Go into a forest, you see the birch, maple, pine. Look underground and all those trees are holding hands. We as people must do the same. (late Mi’kmaq Chief, Spiritual Elder, and Healer Charlie Labrador) Project goal: To establish a research partnership in which Mi’kmaq community input, participation, and guidance is key in creating a new path of mutual trust and mutual respect between university researchers and Mi’kmaq communities that allows the partners to walk together to co-learn about traditional knowledge that can promote improved mental health, particularly among young people in Mi’kmaq communities acknowledging the disproportionately high level of tragic suffering from drug abuse, alcohol abuse, and suicide among Aboriginal peoples across Canada.