Medicines are Life: Traditional medicines as a healing tool in education (E/SI)

April 25, 2023 | 10:15 am - 11:15 am

Stream: Advancing Indigenous Education
Location: 520 DEF

Traditional medicines have been utilized for thousands of generations. These ways of healing have shifted into society and into the education systems. Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) promotes traditional healing in adult education using a medicine chest. The medicine chest name comes from Treaty 6 of 1876 and SIIT utilizes the history with contemporary knowledge to promote traditional Indigenous methods of healing.By bringing and sharing an actual medicine chest, participants will be able to immerse themselves in learning about how Indigenous medicines and teachings have stood the test of time. Participants will be able to utilize all their senses by listening to the teachings passed down over time. They will be able to see, touch, smell and feel the impact these ancient medicines have had and how they are helping Indigenous students and non-Indigenous allies learn, heal and grow using ancient teachings. The concepts of ceremony, connection and wellness can be taught and shared in various ways. By sharing the medicines and stories about how they are picked, harvested and used, participants will learn that Indigenous medicines and teachings have a role to play in every area of life.

Janice Linklater-Lerat, Dean, Post-Secondary Studies, Academics, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies
Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 3
Good Health and Well-being
Goal 4
Quality Education
Goal 15
Life on Land