This information was taken from an excellent publication I received last week, from Hope, Help, and Healing: A Planning Toolkit for First Nations and Aboriginal Communities to Prevent and Respond to Suicide.
This publication was produced by the First Nations Health Authority in Canada in partnership with the Ministry of Health, British Columbia. I’d like to acknowledge all those people involved in its development.
The basis of this Wellness perspective is to ‘achieve health and wellness by taking a look at and nurturing the internal and external factors that affect wellbeing. Many of these concepts are based on traditional knowledge.
Although the First Nations Perspective on Wellness appears in layers, it is important to acknowledge that all the words in each circle are interconnected with each other, and with the components of other circles.
In addition, all the circles themselves are connected and responsible for each other. Ultimately, all of these factors are important and need balance to achieve wellness.’
Please work your way through our web pages where I summarise the words of wisdom about Wellness from British Columbia First Nations people. I found these words of great help and value.
I’ll write more about the Hope, Help, and Healing: A Planning Toolkit for First Nations and Aboriginal Communities to Prevent and Respond to Suicide document in future blogs.