Kiga mamo anokimin onji minoayawin – which translated from Ojibway means “We will work together for health and wellness” – is a partnership between the College of Rehabilitation Sciences and First Nations communities in Manitoba, with the goal to bring the college's services to the community based on their self-identified needs.
This partnership creates long-term relationships between faculty, students and community members in each community to develop a model that brings services to those in need. In some cases, it also develops experiential and online learning opportunities for Grade 6-12 students interested in learning more about therapy programs as a potential career.
Currently, the communities involved are Bloodvein First Nation, Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, Misipawistik Cree Nation, Lake Manitoba First Nation, Little Saskatchewan First Nation, Norway House Cree Nation and Pinaymootang First Nation.
Message from the Dean: “A fitting name”
“This initiative was titled ‘Kiga mamo anokimin onji minoayawin’ by Elder Mary Maytwayashing from the Lake Manitoba First Nation. Translated from Ojibway, it means ‘We will work together for health and wellness.’ This is a fitting name because it reflects the college’s desire to be of service to First Nations communities in the spirit of wellness and learning. As the community projects in this initiative develop, the methods and results are shared with other communities by all involved. These are community-led, community-owned and community-shared projects.”
—Dr. Reg Urbanowski, Dean, College of Rehabilitation Sciences,
Rady Faculty of Health Sciences