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Sherrill Conroy

Social Determinants of Wellness Affect Canadian Indigenous Women: For better or worse

  • Speaker: Sherrill Conroy , PhD
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  • Duration: 30 Mins
  • Credits: .5 CERP, .5 Nursing CEU, .05 Midwifery CEU, .5 Dietetic CEU

Indigenous women hold these values high for living in their communities: Balance in everything; Respect for the Creator and all on Mother Earth; Traditions that have been passed down through generations for living the good life; Connection with and between communities and people; Relationships across generations; Community as the backdrop for all activities and relationships with obligations to the family; Spirituality expressed in appreciation of connectivity between all living beings and respect for traditions; and the idea of wholistic health and wellbeing with harmony being important. Strengths in the women help to overcome barriers to wellbeing such as those imposed by the Indian Act, low socio-economic circumstances, inequity, or poverty. Ideas for cooperation between Indigenous peoples and Western society are discussed. Solutions for equity and social justice are suggested.