Aakoziwin highlighted at Empowering and Promoting Health First Nations conference – Anishinabek News

February 28, 2018

THUNDER BAY – The Anishinabemowin word for sickness – aakoziwin, which means out of balance, was highlighted during the opening presentation at Dilico Anishinabek Family Care’s Empowering and Promoting Healthy First Nation Communities conference in Thunder Bay.

“It’s a translation — it’s like you’re out of balance,” says Christopher Mushquash, clinical psychologist for Dilico, associate professor at Lakehead University and a Pays Plat citizen, during his presentation on Understanding the Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Wellness. “It’s not that you’re ill, it’s that there’s some balance that has been upset. So health isn’t simply the absence of being ill, health actually means the presence of a whole bunch of other things in your lives.”

Mushquash also spoke about several foundations of wellness and how culture provides a framework through which wellness can emerge during his presentation.

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