The Elders teach us “Before we can know who we are as a people and where we are going, we must first understand where we have come from.”
Durham College’s Aboriginal Student Centre embraces teachings from all First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples. We strive to recognize and support students through various activities and teachings with the assistance of Elders from all backgrounds.
Anishnawbe Elders teach us that the Medicine Wheel is the most important and powerful healing tool ever known to man. The Aboriginal Student Centre uses this powerful symbol to:
- Help foster spirituality and strong self-esteem;
- Respect for self and others;
- Co-operative group learning; and
- Team effort.
Personal knowledge, life actions and emotions are combined in the Medicine Wheel and tell a story of how we can live in a good balanced way.
The Medicine Wheel or Circle emphasizes a holistic approach to maintain a balanced, fulfilling lifestyle. The Medicine Wheel combined with sacred ceremonies such as purification; honouring the Creator; and asking for guidance and direction in all that we do, is an effective tool for teaching and learning.share