Teachings of the Butterfly Using the Medicine Wheel: Honoring Our Nations, Our People and Our Ancestors

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This article presents a philosophy of health research with Aboriginal people. It is one of many possible philosophies. It uses the Medicine Wheel to represent the Aboriginal perspective. It uses the Aboriginal Capacity And Developmental Research Environments program, funded by the Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health and the Canadian Institute of Health Research, as an example of an institutional organization involved in health research with Aboriginal people. It uses the life cycle of the butterfly as a metaphor for the different aspects of research. It does not necessarily reflect either the Alberta ACADRE Network’s perspective or speak for all Aboriginal people.

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