COMPLETING THE CIRCLE

END OF LIFE CARE WITH, BY AND FOR ABORIGINAL FAMILIES

                                                                                                                

The Completing the Circle project looks at culturally sensitive approaches to end of life care, providing resources for working with aboriginal individuals, families and communities.

kistohnk wakan ahnohkink
kinawpahtahmink mihsi wehweni
ahsicikewin ahsi ka nakatohkenk
onkwe ka wi mahcahwat
sikwa wincintaw pihkwa ahwiya
ka ahnohkiwat kinowiya sahko
sikwa ohtanawehmakaniyak
(Anishnabae translation by Elder Betty McKenna)

Video Resources

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This video documents and interviews participants the Quality End of Life Research Group Workshop, a conference of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal researchers and Aboriginal Elders which was held in Regina, Saskatchewan. Included are words from Elders and interviews with experienced researchers...

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In this video, Saskatchewan Elders share their experiences and beliefs about death and dying in the Aboriginal World. They sendmessages to health care providers that help to create understanding of the end of life health care needs of Aboriginal families when a family or community member is dying. We welcome you into the circle to join the journey through the end of life process.

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In this video, Saskatchewan Elders share their experiences and beliefs about death and dying in the Aboriginal World. They send comfoting words to Aboriginal families to help with the healing process in their time of need. We welcome you into the circle to join the journey through the end of life process.

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This video conveys stories of bereaved youth and traditional responses from Aboriginal elders. Many youth face multiple losses from death and trauma; we offer our community examples of stories describing the kinds of bereavement issues youth face (in their own words). Elders who practice traditional Aboriginal ways respond to the issues they see, giving advice, comfort, or healing...

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This video is meant for academics and other audiences who wish to understand the issue of "complex loss" among Aboriginal communities. Multiple oppressions and colonization have affected Aboriginal Peoples and contribute to a pattern of intergenerational trauma...

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In this video Aboriginal Elders and community members describe the diversity of protocol that First Nations follow when a community member passes from this world into the next.

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