Wisdom Engaged: Traditional Knowledge and Northern Community Well-Being

This is an interdisciplinary conference that will feature diverse perspectives from traditional practitioners and healers, health professionals, Elders and community members. Selected papers from this conference will be published in a volume focused on Northern Traditional Knowledge for Community Wellness in Western North America. This will be the third volume in the series Patterns of Northern Traditional Knowledge (CCI Press/University of Alberta Press) and will be fully peer-reviewed. The conference will be held at the University of Alberta. The format will be academic paper presentations and posters in the mornings and practitioner/community presenter workshop presentations in the afternoons, following an initial welcome reception and plenary speaker. Major themes for the conference include: • Traditional knowledge and food — sharing local food knowledge for food and health sovereignty • Traditional knowledge for wellness — cultural knowledge of plants and animals for promoting wellbeing • Land, identity and wholeness — exploring relationships between landscape and well-being • Wellbeing and the spirit — addressing mental, spiritual and emotional health • Starting the Journey Right — celebrating pregnancy, birth, and childhood • Integrating knowledge for sustainable communities

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