Okichitaw Indigenous Martial Arts Program

Categories

Categories associated with best practice:

  • Individual
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  • Canada
  • Culture
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  • Personal health practices and coping skills
  • Physical Activity
  • Social Support Networks

Determinants of Health: Language and culture, Personal health practices and coping skills, Social support networks, Colonialism, Social inclusion

Overview

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 Focus

Intervention Goal / ObjectiveLevel(s) TargetedEquity Focus
To deliver a martial arts program at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto that is grounded in native culture and values.
  • Individual level
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

Health Promotion

  • Mental Health
  • Physical Activity

Risk Reduction

    • N/A

    Specific Activities of the Intervention

    • Group process/program
    • Other training session

    Priority/Target Population for Intervention Delivery

    Life Stage

      • N/A

      Settings

      Educational Settings

        • N/A

        Community Setting

        • Other

        Outcomes

        Outcomes and Impact Chart
        Level of ImpactDescription of OutcomeEquity Focus
        Individual Levelimproved 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 LevelContribute 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 LevelHelp 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 LevelAlleviate feelings of isolation.Outcomes are reported for people living in conditions of disadvantage, and are not compared to people living in more advantaged conditions.
        Individual LevelAddress issues stemming from the participants’ pasts.Outcomes are reported for people living in conditions of disadvantage, and are not compared to people living in more advantaged conditions.

        Adaptability

        Implementation History

        • 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

        Yes.