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Dibaadan

Dibaadan

 

Journey of Dibaadan

From September 2015 – March 2017, Nipissing University under the leadership of Student Counseling Services funded by the Mental Health Innovation Fund, led a two- year initiative to overall “Strengthen Mental Health Services for Indigenous Students” at Nipissing University. The project became known as “Dibaadan”. (Speak from Your Heart- Your Truth – Ojibway Anishnaabemowin)

Phase 1: The Project Facilitator worked within a consultative framework (medicine wheel) with an Indigenous Advisory Circle consisting of community leaders in the helping field as well a Traditional Elder and NU student representatives.

Phase 1 consisted of evaluating and information gathering of peer reviewed scholarly literature on “Wise Indigenous Mental Health Practices”. In particular identifying barriers that exist for Indigenous learners that wish to access mental health services. This phase of data collection included: Interviewing students, Office of Aboriginal Iniatives, SCS counseling staff and counselors at the university. Also, hosting Discussion Circles, a Drum Social and a Traditional Anishnabek Medicine Bag Workshop for students.

As a way of “giving back” to the community, Dibaadan hosted a series of Teach In’s facilitated by leaders in the Anishnabek community open for all of Nipissing University.

Phase 2: The Project Facilitator worked with the Advisory Circle, Nipissing University students, Office of Aboriginal Initiatives and Student Counseling Services (SCS) to select recommendations for immediate implementation. The Project Facilitator assisted SCS in the appropriate implementation of select recommendations and evaluated the impact of these changes to service. A focus was on sustainability as the project and funding would end in March 2017. The project would report Dibaadan wise practices, Indigenous Evaluative approaches, Values, Accessibility of Services influenced and student narratives/voices and outline what we did best, possible future outcomes with the Nipissing University community, community partners, and the Post Secondary Student Counseling programs across the province.

Click here to view the latest presentation by Dr. Cyndy Baskin, a talk on Strong Helpers, an Indigenous Approach to Social Work​​

This September 2016 - March 2017 we will be hosting the following events based on Indigenous student recommendations:


Title: Welcome Back New Year’s Hand Drum Social (Light Dinner served)

Facilitator: Dibaadan

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January 18th 2017- 5:00 – 9:00 pm

NU Small Cafeteria

Title: Cultural Teaching - “Motivational Speaker for Student Success” (Light Lunch Served)

Facilitator:Sidd Bobb, Nipissing First Nation

 

January 20th 2017- 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Treaty Learning Centre

Title: Sharing Circle (Pizza will be served)

Facilitator: Elder Carol Guppy

 

February 2nd 2017- 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Treaty Learning Centre

Title: Cultural Teaching - “Ceremony can Help us in Many ways” (Light Lunch Served)

Facilitator: Elder Lorraine Liberty

 

February 13th 2017 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Treaty Learning Centre

Title: Sharing Circle (Pizza will be served)

Facilitator: Elder Carol Guppy

 

March 2nd 2017 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Treaty Learning Centre

Title: Cultural Teaching - “Anishnabek Teachings” (Light Lunch served)

Facilitator: Traditional Teacher, Katherine Sarazin

 

March 20th 2017 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Treaty Learning Centre

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Everyone is welcome to attend these events. Please note we start our events with a smudge ceremony, thanksgiving and have Elders present. Also, a Student Counselor from SCS will be part of these events.

 

Cultural Knowledge Building, Building Relationships and Community !​



Dibaadan
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