Categories associated with best practice:
Determinants of Health: Language and culture, Personal health practices and coping skills, Social support networks, Colonialism, Social inclusion
A culturally based and developed martial arts program offered to urban Aboriginal adults since 1997. The program, developed by a George Lépine, is based on Cree combat manoeuvres. The Okichitaw aims to empower students and strengthen mental and physical strength.
Primary Source Document
Lynne F. Lavalée, Physical Activity and Healing Through the Medicine Wheel Pimatisiwin A Journal of Aboriginal and Indigenous Community Health
Contact information of developer(s) and/or implementer(s)
Videos available online of some aspects of the program.
|Intervention Goal / Objective||Level(s) Targeted||Equity Focus|
|To deliver a martial arts program at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto that is grounded in native culture and values.||People living in conditions of disadvantage are explicitly stated to be a target population of the intervention.|
Health Issue(s) that is/are addressed by the Intervention
- Mental Health
- Physical Activity
Specific Activities of the Intervention
- Group process/program
- Other training session
Priority/Target Population for Intervention Delivery
|Outcomes and Impact Chart|
|Level of Impact||Description of Outcome||Equity Focus|
|Individual Level||improved physical health including losing weight and preventing diabetes, and the ability to defend ones self physically if they had to.||Outcomes are reported for people living in conditions of disadvantage, and are not compared to people living in more advantaged conditions.|
|Individual Level||Contribute to spiritual growth.||Outcomes are reported for people living in conditions of disadvantage, and are not compared to people living in more advantaged conditions.|
|Individual Level||Help to fill the different voids in each of their lives.||Outcomes are reported for people living in conditions of disadvantage, and are not compared to people living in more advantaged conditions.|
|Individual Level||Alleviate feelings of isolation.|
|Individual Level||Address issues stemming from the participants’ pasts.|
- Implemented once (could be a pilot) - The intervention has been implemented once and is theoretically replicable elsewhere.
Expertise Required for Implementation within the Context of the Intervention
- Specialized skills training provided as part of the Intervention - The intervention does not require individuals or groups with highly specialized training, but requires that individuals or groups be trained as part of the implementation of the intervention.
Are there supports available for implementation
Yes. By chief instructor
Are there resources and/or products associated with the interventions