Using Therapeutic and Culture-Based Approaches to Support the Well-Being of Care Partners of Red River Métis Living with Dementia

Enhancing the quality of life and well-being of Red River Métis people living with dementia and their care partners using a Red River Métis-specific approach including dementia awareness education, a wellness communication campaign and culturally-adapted cognitive behavioural therapy in community-based counselling sessions.

Key information

Who is this project for? Red River Métis people living with dementia, family/friends and their care partners, including the broader Red River Métis Citizens  

Project Lead: Manitoba Métis Federation, National Government of the Red River Métis

Project partners: Department of Nursing, University of Manitoba  

Project status: ongoing, 2023-2025

Project location: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Project team members:

  • Minister Frances Chartrand: Minister of Health, Manitoba Métis Federation
  • Dr. Olena Kloss: Director Health and Wellness Department, Manitoba Métis Federation
  • Dr. Wajihah Mughal: Research Manager, Manitoba Métis Federation
  • Chantal Perchotte: Research Associate, Manitoba Métis Federation
  • Oluwakemi Omole: Research Associate, Manitoba Métis Federation
  • Dr. Genevieve Thompson: Principal Investigator, Department of Nursing, University of Manitoba

Get in touch:

Manitoba Métis Federation Health Research team

Project story

Background:

With a concerning rise in dementia in Indigenous Canadians, and an aging Red River Métis population, there is a need for culturally specific services to improve the quality of life of Red River Métis people living with dementia and their care partners. The Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF), National Government of the Red River Métis, aims to improve the lives of Citizens living with dementia through culturally adapted Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) based-counselling sessions, helping to manage the challenges experienced by care partners, while promoting social, emotional, cognitive, and physical well-being.

Care partners of people living with dementia will be engaged in culturally adaptive intervention activities including jigging, fiddling, singing Michif songs, to reduce stress or burnout that can be associated with caregiving. At monthly sharing circles, a culturally-safe environment will be provided to encourage care partners of Red River Métis people living with dementia to share their concerns and thoughts and seek care-related advice.

Additionally, the MMF will launch a wellness communication campaign, including resources and information on the risk and protective factors of dementia, to increase the knowledge of dementia within the Red River Métis community.

This project is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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