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The Mamipalianiq Project

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Facilitator, Becoming Innumark Program

Bryan Winters

Mamipalianiq Society

Mamipalianiq Society is not just an organization; it is a symbol of empowerment, resilience, and cultural preservation. By dedicating ourselves to the mental health needs of the Inuit people and aligning our efforts with Inuit Culture and Values, this grassroots movement is a dynamic example of how mental health support can be both effective and culturally meaningful. In doing so, we are contributing to the well-being and future prosperity of Inuit communities across the Arctic and the South.

Speaker, Nunatsiavut Assembly

Bryan Winters is a Nunatsiavut beneficiary of Inuk and Irish Newfoundland descent from Happy Valley - Goose Bay, Labrador. In May of 2022, Winters was elected as an Ordinary Member of the Nunatsiavut Assembly representing the Canadian Constituency, then appointed Speaker.

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Facilitator, Becoming Innumark Program

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The Mamipalianiq Society represents a beacon of hope and empowerment within the Inuit communities of the Arctic. Founded as a grassroots movement, this organization stands as a testament to the resilience and determination of Inuit mental health leaders who have joined hands with the Mandala Institute for Holistic Mental Health. Our collective mission is to address the unique mental health challenges faced by the Inuit population and to foster a sense of cultural continuity and well-being among the Inuit people. Central to their vision is the development of professional pathways that allow Inuit individuals to become counselors in their own communities while respecting and preserving the rich cultural heritage of the Inuit people.

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Manager of Strategic Initiatives, Tungasunggivat Inuit 

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Inuit-Specific Mental Health Education

We recognize the importance of tailoring Mental Health Education to the specific needs and cultural context of the Inuit People. To achieve this, we have developed comprehensive educational programs that draw from traditional Inuit Knowledge and Wisdom, as well as contemporary mental health practices. These programs aim to bridge the gap between Western psychology and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, ensuring that mental health support is relevant and effective.

Community Capacity Building

We understand that sustainable change in mental health outcomes can only be achieved by strengthening the capacity of Inuit communities to support their members. We offer community capacity-building initiatives, workshops, and resources designed to empower community members, leaders, and support networks with the knowledge and tools necessary to provide effective mental health support.

Training Programs

We are committed to developing and delivering training programs that equip Inuit individuals with the skills and expertise needed to become counselors. These programs are designed to encompass both traditional and contemporary therapeutic methods, blending Western practices with Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit. The training emphasizes cultural sensitivity, respect for elders, and a deep understanding of the unique challenges faced by Inuit communities.

Professional Development Pathways

One of the society's most transformative goals is to create professional development pathways for Inuit individuals aspiring to become counselors. By offering accredited training and educational opportunities, Mamipalianiq Society envisions a future where Inuit counselors can provide culturally appropriate mental health support within their own communities, reducing the need for outside intervention.

Preservation of Cultural Identity

At the core of the society's mission is the preservation of Inuit culture, philosophy, and societal values. They firmly believe that mental health support should be aligned with the cultural heritage of the Inuit people. By incorporating traditional practices and wisdom into their therapeutic methods, they not only promote emotional well-being but also strengthen the bonds that hold Inuit communities together.

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