Reflections on mite achimowin: First Nations Women Expressions of Heart Health – An Indigenized Digital Storytelling Research Study
Presenters: Dr. Annette Schultz, co-Principal Investigator, and Lisa Forbes, Research Coordinator
mite achimowin means ‘heart talk’ in Cree. The mite (heart) achimowin (talk) concepts carry wisdom of teachings that involve connections between a person’s physical body, mind and spirit. The researchers sought stories from First Nations women with heart illness experience for the purpose of privileging First Nations peoples’ knowledge of heart, heart dis-ease, and heart care – a voice that is suppressed and absent from the health system’s dominant bio-medicine viewpoint. Researchers from the mite achimowin study recount their experience of meeting, engaging with, and learning from the First Nations women who shared their story about heart health through the creation of digital stories.
The recorded stories were created by the women participants within an indigenized digital storytelling model – an intentional process of relationship-building, ceremony, learning circles, self-exploration, and digital story-crafting. The researchers focus on Indigenous digital storytelling as a research method by recounting interactions, thoughts, and learnings as the planning, implementing, sharing, learning, and creating unfolded.
The mite achimowin project was funded by a CIHR bridging grant and a SSHRC grant through the Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network in partnership with Nanaandawewigamig – First Nations Health and Social Services Secretariat of Manitoba.
October 26, 2017