University Students learning about principles of Indigenous Holistic Health
Our class is an introduction to Indigenous holistic health, and I am so glad that I invited Muckpaloo Ipeelie to bring an Inuk perspective to this learning journey. Muckpaloo has a gift for sharing many kinds of knowledge from her authentic self. She used diverse materials to share aspects of Inuit worldviews and culture that were captivating and thought-provoking; arts, personal stories and use of Tik Tok videos were excellent ways to connect with the undergraduate students. She brought both levity and depth to a challenging and dense topic for the students. She enriched our classroom with urban and Inuit identities, challenges that Inuit face in Western health care systems, and how to respectfully interact and communicate, even if you don’t speak the language.
I sincerely look forward welcoming her back to the classroom.
One of the best trainings I have attended
This training was offered to our staff to ensure that we had the tools and knowledge to work with the Inuit population. We serve victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation and it is important that we tailor folks treatment to who they are as individuals. Muckpaloo was an engaging trainer and used a variety of methods to get her information across. Our staff left the training with practical ideas to provide support with the historical and cultural reasons behind them. Many staff took the time to let me know how much they enjoyed the training, how interesting it was for them and how valuable her personal stories were. Muckpaloo offered so much insight to our team and we are very grateful to have been offered this knowledge.
Valuable training for Indigenous Justice workers
Muckpaloo delivered fantastic and valuable training to our Justice team. We identified the need for education to ensure cultural inclusivity and sensitivity to our Inuit clients who are involved in the criminal justice system and for survivors of violence and human trafficking. Her session was incredibly informative and riveting. She is a wonderful story teller and communicates in a manner that resonates and filled our tool box. We look forward to continued collaboration with Muckpaloo.
Insightful and Unique
We partnered on a few presentations with Muckpaloo, along side our Indigenous Student Services department at St. Clair College. Muckpaloo is a great story-teller and I learned a lot from her Inuit Culture presentations. She included personal stories in her teachings, which made her presentation friendly to a wide range of ages and levels of understanding. Muckpaloo is very knowledgeable and shares a powerful first-hand account to Inuit living. I hope we can work together again in the future!
Manager, Student Experience, St. Clair Student Representative Council
Provision of Healthcare for Indigenous People
Muckpaloo Ipeelie and Vanessa Kennedy spoke with the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital physicians regarding the provision of healthcare for indigenous people in March 2022.
This is an important topic. Physicians are long overdue in seeking out and receiving training in providing culturally appropriate care that empowers Inuit, Metis, and First Nations people. Vanessa and Muckpaloo educated us on how Inuit and First Nations people have distinct philosophical models of healing. We learned about some of the similarities and differences with western models of healing. We also came to appreciate how healthcare delivery to Indigenous people is a very prominent feature in the findings of the Indigenous Truth and Indigenous Commission.
Muckpaloo and Vanessa were clearly very well-prepared. Muckpaloo has a background as a lab technologist and I felt her understanding of healthcare delivery came across readily. Our group certainly benefitted from and appreciated their presentation on indigenous healthcare delivery.
Dr. Greg Devet
Medical Staff Association President
Collingwood General and Marine Hospital
An important guide to understanding more about Inuit people – on original land and in an urban context
Our association provides education to medical laboratory professionals to help guide them throughout their career. A distinct gap in education and training for most is understanding and appreciating the complex nature of health care for Inuit – on original land or in an urban context. Our members work for the public, doing laboratory testing and other health care services. From the first teachings from Muckpaloo, and the kind nature she delivered information, to what we can do with the information as Canadians and practitioners, I realized my own gaps in knowledge and a desire to know more. And to share this new knowledge.
Further, the CSMLS is partnering to create knowledge products for our members in the form of webinars and courses and we have improved our Inuit links and resources for members. I would encourage employers, citizens and health care practitioners to learn more, through the wise teachings offered here. It’s a true gift!
Christine Nielsen, CEO, Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS)
Program participant and program sponsor
Compassionate and Gracious
In 2020, I had the opportunity to attend a webinar series where Muckpaloo was a speaker. I was grateful for her gifts of time and knowledge, and inspired by her compassion and honesty when sharing her own life experiences as an urban Inuk woman. I have since, invited Muckaploo to be a guest speaker in my Indigenous Education courses at the University of Victoria where I teach in the Faculty of Education, preparing future teachers. I believe it is paramount that Teacher Education program include Inuit ways of knowing and being in the curriculum. Muckpaloo’s grace and innate teaching skills are extraordinary qualities that engage participants allowing them to gain understanding and knowledge.
As a passionate community builder, Muckpaloo has been instrumental in relationship building. In her work to plan and implement a series of events she has brought the diverse perspectives and teachings of different Nations, enabling unity and collaboration. Her contributions have truly enhanced the community knowledge and awareness. She is a genuine speaker who is able to convey an Inuk perspective in a professional and respectful manner that helps create understanding. It has been a pleasure to work with her on an array of initiatives.
I work for Atlohsa Family Healing Services in London, Ontario and am the Cultural Justice Coordinator for the Zhaawenjigewag Justice Program. At Atlohsa, culture is at the heart of everything we do and every service we provide. As an Indigenous organization, and as the CJC who does work with our Inuk relatives, I wanted to find ways to learn more about Inuit Culture and to also be able to provide our relatives with items that helped them to feel welcomed at Atlohsa, to feel a sense of home, a place of belonging and to feel seen and represented when they visit my office. Muckpaloo was extremely helpful and thoughtful about the Inuk Welcoming Packages she put together for my program and continues to be a great support when I have cultural questions. There were resources for both our community members as well as for service providers, cultural items and teas that I have enjoyed sharing with others. A big chii miigwech for you and the Inuk boxes Muckpaloo!