An Aboriginal Worldview of Helping: Empowering Approaches


  • Anne Poonwassie CED Prairie Region Centre for Focusing, Manitoba
  • Ann Charter University of Manitoba


Euro-Canadian interventions have not successfully addressed the socio-economic problems experienced in Aboriginal communities as a result of years of colonization. Leading up to the new millennium, cultural forces have started to shift, and Euro-Canadian counsellors, therapists, and other helpers began to respond more effectively to the needs of Aboriginal peoples. A number of Aboriginal groups and communities took leadership by developing their own holistic approaches to healing/wellness, based on their worldviews. A reflection on this process with an awareness of Aboriginal worldviews and cultural imperatives offers possible approaches which facilitate empowerment in working with Aboriginal communities and Aboriginal clients.




How to Cite

Poonwassie, A., & Charter, A. (2007). An Aboriginal Worldview of Helping: Empowering Approaches. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 35(1). Retrieved from



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