This program is centred on Indigenous practices that foster harmony, well-being, and healing. The IMHD promotes a holistic understanding of the balance between mind, body, heart, and spirit based on the Blackfoot worldview. Students will gain in-depth knowledge of intergenerational trauma, psychological disorders, and the effects of colonialism on community self-esteem, family dysfunction, and addictive behaviour. Yet, the program's focus will be on intergenerational resilience, traditional healing, as well as Blackfoot beliefs, ceremonies, and cultural practices that promote fulfilling relationships. The program is open to Niitsitapi people throughout the Blackfoot Confederacy, other Aboriginal populations, and non-Indigenous individuals.
English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2
College Level Reading & Writing
Introduction to Psychology
Kainai Studies 100
Historical Impact and Intergenerational Trauma
Indigenous Holistic Health Practices
Basic Concepts in Sociology
Indigenous Knowledge and Health
Indigenous Ethics and Protocol
Learning from Place
Innaihtsiini - Peace Making
Introduction to Social Work
Stories of the Ancestors
Introduction to Addiction Studies
Introduction to the Counselling Interview
Health and Society
Current Wellness Issues
Utilizing Indigenous Knowledges to Restore Global Wellness
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the IMHD program?
The IMHD has a duration of 2 years.
What credentials will I obtain upon completing the IMHD program?
This program awards a Diploma and consists of 20 university courses (60 credits in total).
What academic outlets are available for me after completing the IMHD program?
IMHD graduates are eligible to transfer into the Indigenous Bachelor of Social Work offered at Red Crow Community College. Also, IMHD graduates are eligible to transfer into the Bachelor of Health Sciences (major: Aboriginal Health) at the University of Lethbridge
Are the IMHD’s courses acknowledged by other universities?
Yes. The entirety of the IMHD’s twenty courses are part of the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer (ACAT) database. As such, specific and non-specific agreements exist to have the IMHD courses, and their credits acknowledged by other universities in Alberta.