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Holland College: Research partnership helping to strengthen Mi’kmaq Community

by ahnationtalk on August 27, 2019108 Views

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

New Mi’kmaq parents will have a bit more help as they wait for the arrival of their little one.

A research partnership between Holland College’s Applied Research department and the Mi’kmaq Family Resource Centre has led to the development of a booklet designed to support Mi’kmaq people when they are approaching parenthood.

The goal of the booklet, entitled “Creation Stories: Creating Strong Families Through our Stories”, is to help parents ground themselves in their creation story and help them adjust their life, beliefs and practices to create the best story for their families.

“The booklet promotes an appreciation of storytelling as a fundamental part of Aboriginal history and recognizes that stories play an important role in providing direction and insight in our lives,” said Neil Forbes, the project lead.

“The booklet promotes an appreciation of storytelling as a fundamental part of Aboriginal history and recognizes that stories play an important role in providing direction and insight in our lives. The primary goal is to help each Indigenous individual better understand their own story, how this relates to our traditional teachings and the connection to parenting.”
Neil Forbes

“The primary goal is to help each Indigenous individual better understand their own story, how this relates to our traditional teachings and the connection to parenting.”

Sharon O’Brien of the Mi’kmaq Family Resource Centre says “Creation Stories” was built from the narratives shared within the community.

“These were woven together with the Seven Sacred Gifts of Life and it is this combination of current life experiences with traditional teachings that make the resource so powerful,” she said.

The Seven Sacred Gifts of Life are love, honesty, humility, respect, truth, patience and wisdom. The booklet challenges the reader to consider how the sacred gifts have influenced them and how they would like to use the gifts to improve their lives and the lives of their children.

Greg McKenna from Holland College’s Applied Research Department, and a contributor to the project, said “Creation Stories” will help strengthen new families.

“Our lives begin within the context of our immediate family, so it is of critical importance to support new parents,’’ said McKenna.

The “Creation Stories” project was funded by the Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network Atlantic Research Centre (UAKN Atlantic) through a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Grant.

NT5

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