Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

Foreword from the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

Foreword from the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

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In the language of my people, the Ojibway or Anishinaabeg, "Pimatiziwin" is the concept we use to describe health, as walking in balance of all aspects of our lives - emotional, mental, spiritual, physical. This is a concept shared by the Ojibway, Cree, OjiCree, Dakota and Dene peoples within our region called Manitoba, where the Great Spirit sits. This view of the holistic nature of health is shared by indigenous peoples around the world. As such, health is the foundation of all that we do, and remains a priority for our people.

It was an honour for me to open the Manitoba First Nations Centre for Aboriginal Health Research at the University of Manitoba in April 2001, and it is an honour now to see the first publication of some results of our research and collaboration. We support these types of research partnerships which address some of the major concerns we have, such as chronic diseases and suicide. And we welcome the increasing numbers of our own people who are undertaking research and addressing the issues from our own perspectives, and challenging the 'status quo' in health concepts, health care, and First Nations governance. …

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