The Meeka series is a four-part set of beautifully illustrated culturally relevant wellness resources that take a holistic approach to Inuit healing, healthy living, child rearing and teamwork through illustrations and exercises that evoke traditional stories.
The series seeks to enhance substance abuse prevention programs, health care service delivery, and education and training of wellness workers in Canada's North.
The Meeka series was originally transcribed from handwritten Inuktitut manuscripts into English in partnership with Tungasuvvingat Inuit (TI), Meeka Arnakaq (Inuit Elder and healer from Pangnirtung, Nunavut) and the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA). The Government of Nunavut, Department of Culture and Heritage, provided funding to publish Inuktitut versions of the resources.
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Electronic copies of the Meeka wellness resources can be downloaded in English or Inuktitut by clicking the appropriate links below.
Order Print Copies
To order copies of the Meeka wellness resources in English or Inuktitut, use one of the two following options:
- Order copies directly from the Nunavut Arctic College bookstore at http://www.arcticcollege.ca/ under the Libraries tab.
- Download a Mission Stream order form, fill it out, and fax it directly to the publisher at 613-288-2887.
On November 17, 2010, CCSA and TI hosted a celebration at the Vanier Community Centre in Ottawa to celebrate and honour Meeka's work and the partnership that brought the project to life.
The celebration included participation by federal Health Minister, Leona Aglukkaq, members of the Inuit community in Ottawa, Nunavut, and representatives from Inuit organizations, Nunavut Arctic College and Nunavut Health and Social Services. The celebration concluded with traditional Inuit drum dancing and throat singing.Video Clips
One-on-one interviews with Michel Perron, CEO of CCSA; Meeka Arnakaq, Inuit Elder and healer; and Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, were filmed to illustrate the connection of this project to CCSA's mandate, to capture Meeka's vision of Inuit-centred wellness, and to underscore the importance of culturally relevant resources for Inuit wellness and healing.
Meeka Manuals Promotional Video
Learn more about the Meeka Project wellness manuals short video, which illustrates the connection of this project to CCSA's mandate, captures Meeka Arnakaq's vision of Inuit-centred wellness, and emphasizes the importance of culturally relevant resources. The video features interviews with Michel Perron, CEO of CCSA; Meeka Arnakaq, Inuit Elder and healer; Leona Aglukkaq, MP for Nunavut; Nunavut Arctic College; Inuit Children's Centre; and Mamisarvik Healing Centre.