Strengthening culture and identity at heart of southwestern Manitoba Indigenous men’s group – CBC

Mar 22, 2023

A Warrior’s Red Road at Brandon University documents links between mental health, cultural identity

An Indigenous men’s group in southwestern Manitoba is promoting health and healing by strengthening cultural traditions and teachings.

Conan Beardy was dealing with mental health struggles and addictions when he moved to Brandon from Long Plain First Nation. He says that all changed about a year and a half ago when he went for his first sweat with Akicita Cante Waste, which translates as “good-hearted warriors.”

“It was just life-changing,” Beardy said. “It cleanses your body. It cleanses your mind and then once you get cleansed it balanced out your day-to-day life … it helps a lot.”

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