First Nations Spirituality and Healing
August 19, 2014
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley
John Louie is Men’s support counselor at the Tla’amin community health center, http://www.tlaaminhealth.com/. He counsels aboriginal men on drug addictions, domestic abuse, alcoholism, and depression. Michelle LaBoucane, a Métis woman of French and Cree ancestry, works passionately to inspire aboriginal people to live lives of significance and of optimum health and wellness. They talk about their work and the role of First Nations spirituality in their work. They explain the most challenging of the challenges faced by the people and families they work with. They explain the approach to counselling and the links with First Nations spirituality, the Aboriginal Suicide Critical Incident response team and the Medicine Wheel for individuals experiencing serious challenges. They say what more would they would like to see done and by whom to promote understanding of First Nations spirituality. They share their messages to individuals and families who are seeking healing and health.
Family Caregivers Unite!
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Family caregivers are the people who provide care to partners, parents, children, brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, neighbors and even co-workers. They are the people who provide care when everyone else has gone home. They are the people who organize the functioning of the home for the person with special needs, and for the family as a whole. They are the coordinators of care, the managers of appointments, the preventers of loneliness, and the makers of decisions even to the point of Power of Attorney. And they are so often people who themselves are burdened with their own health challenges and who may be in only marginally better health than the persons to whom they are providing family caregiving.
Dr. Gordon Atherley
Dr Gordon Atherley holds the British equivalent of the Canadian PhD and MD degrees, and LLD, Honoris Causa, from Canada’s Simon Fraser University. His awards include Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK. His medical specialties are occupational medicine and public health.
As first President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, the Canadian equivalent of the US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, he led the creation of Canada’s electronic information service in occupational health and safety, now used in more than 40 countries.
In academia, he held senior, tenured, full-time positions, including departmental chair, in university faculties of physics, engineering, and medicine. He is the author of a textbook and numerous articles and publications.
Since retiring from medical practice, he’s built up Greyhead Associates, which critically researches the safety, effectiveness and fairness of health services for persons with special needs.
Through Virtual Care International, a company of which he’s President, he’s involved in providing sensible technology to family caregivers to help them with their responsibilities, workloads, and concerns.
Now an activist, he urges family caregivers to unite because, more and more, it’s not just their families who depend on them, it’s also the healthcare system as a whole, as it struggles to meet more and more needs of more and more people.