12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Maskwacis Cultural College, 2 Saddleback Road North, Maskwacis
Event details: A graduate exam seminar is a presentation of the student’s final research project for their degree.
This is an ALES MSc Final Exam Seminar by Adam Purificati-Fune. This seminar is open to the general public to attend.
Maskwacis Cultural College, Library. Samson Cree Nation, Maskwacis AB.
MSc with Dr. Rhonda Bell.
Thesis Topic: Deadly Dads: Supports for Nêhiyaw Nâpêwak (Cree men) throughout fatherhood to promote wellbeing—Impacts and understandings from a community-university partnership.
Mosoms and Kokoms (grandfathers and grandmothers) from the Cree communities of Maskwacis, Treaty 6 Territory identified an opportunity to welcome Nêhiyaw Nâpêwak (Cree men) back to ceremony. New interests within the field of maternal health, focusing on the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease and involving fathers align with existing understandings of wellbeing in Maskwacis. Through a long-standing community-university partnership, we explored the impacts on wellbeing of a culturally-centered, community-led support strategy.
A CBPR approach was shaped, honouring Nêhiyaw ways of knowing. A Community Advisory Committee including Mosoms, community members, and researchers led the research. Weekly group-led/developed support activities for men occurred from August 2021 to January 2023. Two Wisdom Circles with participants were recorded, along with meeting minutes, journals, photos, implementation notes, community reports, and emails. Knowledge was analyzed non-linearly through relationships. Rigour was established through nurturing relationships, reflection and prayer, and offering tobacco to Mosoms for guidance and to participants sharing knowledge.
Strong relationships prompted re-understandings of the roles of researchers and strengthened kinship networks. Participants associated healthy gatherings, reassurance/motivation, intergenerational knowledge sharing, responsibility, shared positive memories, uplifted spirits, and connection to culture and identity with the group-led supports. Impacts occurred during what was often referred to as ‘breaks’ from agendas, cycles of intergenerational trauma, the busyness of work, and fears of expressing love or healing.
Breaks from the coloniality of knowing and being create opportunities to connect with community, culture, ceremony, and identity, which is the source of wellbeing for Nêhiyaw Nâpêwak and families in Maskwacis.