Living the Medicine Wheel teachings with Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux – Anishinabek News

January 30, 2023

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONT. – Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux encouraged Anishinabek health experts to “throw off the Colonial diet” during her keynote presentation at the Anishinabek Nation’s 8th Annual Health Conference in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., held from Jan. 17-19. Her presentation focused on living the Medicine Wheel teachings, which fit with this year’s theme: Bagidinimaadizidaa mashkawiziiwin ji mashkawiziimigak niigaan ­­­- Empowering ourselves to strengthen our future.

Dr. Wesley-Esquimaux is a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation. She is a former Vice-Provost (Aboriginal Initiatives) at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay and Orillia, where she is now the Indigenous Chair on Truth and Reconciliation. She is an honourary witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and Chair of the Governing Circle for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba. Her teaching and academic writing is directed towards understanding historic and inter-generational trauma and unresolved grief within the Indigenous community.

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