IHSW103 Indigenous Wellness and Healthy Practices

This course adopts a holistic approach to understanding health and wellness within Indigenous communities. Students examine various factors and conditions that impact the health of urban and rural indigenous communities. Indigenous healing and wellness modalities will be explored. Additionally, this course focuses on Indigenous worldviews about how community health and wellness are articulated and maintained.


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 3)


Total Weeks: 15





Non-Course Prerequisites:






Course Content:
- Determinants of health for rural and urban Indigenous peoples
- Introducing basic concepts of intergenerational trauma, and the historical trauma response
- Mental illness, addictions, and family violence overview
- Defining concepts of Indigenous health and wellness
- Overview of Indigenous wellness modalities and applications
- Self-care strategies and personal wellness plan development
- Indigenous community case studies
- Review of contemporary Indigenous health and wellness strategies



Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
- Articulate the relationship between health/illness and social location
- Demonstrate an understanding of current socio-cultural realities of Indigenous people
- Identify social determinants of health for Indigenous people and communities
- Recognize signs and symptoms of mental illness, family violence, and addiction
- Demonstrate an understanding of the impacts of intergenerational trauma/violence on Indigenous peoples’ and communities
- Identify and articulate concepts of Indigenous health and wellness
- Articulate effective community health and wellness practices and strategies
- Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary and traditional Indigenous modalities of health, healing, and wellness
- Describe different methods of self-care and develop a personal wellness plan.



Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: C (60%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 95


Percentage of Group Work: 5


Text Books:
Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.