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Niagara Postsecondary Holistic Wellness Initiative

Niagara Postsecondary Holistic Wellness Initiative

Tuesday June 9th, 2015 from 11:30 – 12:00 pm

Workshop Overview

This workshop described the Holistic Wellness Initiative and how builds upon an Aboriginal understanding of wellness, which views mental health from a holistic perspective that involves the four aspects of wellbeing: emotional, intellectual, physical, and spiritual.

Presenters demonstrated the online Interactive Portal and Wellness Wheel and several key components to the project’s success were discussed, including:

  1. The universality of the Niagara Holistic Wellness support model (for all students, all people)
  2. The development of a Wellness Directory and the practice of referral to professional practitioner
  3. The input of Aboriginal elders, students and community members
  4. The face-to-face component
  5. Partnership activities with Niagara College


Jill Brindle, Manager of Learning Services and Aboriginal Student Services, Brock University

Jill has also been project lead in developing the Niagara Post-Secondary Holistic Wellness Project. This program builds upon an Aboriginal understanding of wellness, viewing mental health holistically and taking into account emotional, intellectual, physical, and spiritual aspects of wellbeing. Phone: (905) 688-5550 Ext 3114, Email:

Sandra Wong, Aboriginal Academic Support Program Coordinator, Brock University

Sandra has helped build into this program a response to the common and unique wellness needs of Aboriginal, Metis, and Inuit students, as well as incorporation of the active knowledge and supports of Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and Service providers. Phone (905) 688-5550 Ext 5883 Email:


Niagara Holistic Wellness PowerPoint Download File
Niagara Holistic Wellness Handout Download File