‘Wellness Warrior’ is a campaign developed by the Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario (ASWCO). The primary goal of the campaign is to create opportunities for wellness through dialogue, engagement and action, within an Indigenous framework. The ‘Wellness Warrior’ campaign allows for the reclaiming and celebration of the true ‘Warrior Spirit’, with the objective of achieving wellness through culture, traditions and teachings.
A ‘Wellness Warrior’ embodies the spirit of bravery, respect, generosity, responsibility, humility, compassion, leadership, peacemaking, and spirituality.
These are the foundational values that define the culture of many Indigenous peoples and tribes across Turtle Island (North America). Anyone can be a ‘Wellness Warrior’, as long as they Embody the Spirit and strive for wellness and balance, for themselves and for others, in their communities.
The Wellness Warrior campaign was launched at the Masters Indigenous Games 2018 (MIG 2018), as a celebration of Indigenous peoples, from all walks of life, making a positive difference in their own lives, the lives of others and in their communities. The MIG 2018, offered an opportunity to celebrate the athletic achievements, cultural traditions and ways of knowing and being, of Indigenous peoples from across the world, who embodied the spirit of a ‘Wellness Warrior’.
More importantly, the Games were an opportunity for Indigenous adults to be more physically active, to connect with others through friendship and sport, to celebrate their traditions and culture, and to be positive role models for their families and communities, as ‘Wellness Warriors’.
ASWCO continues to support and grow the ‘Wellness Warrior’ movement and to use sport and culture as platforms for the recognition and celebration of Indigenous achievement.
If you would like to nominate an individual to be profiled as a Wellness Warrior, please contact Kylie Thompson at Kylie.Thompson@aswco.ca.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can be a Wellness Warrior for the next MIG!
Check out the Wellness Warriors for MIG 2018! Click here to read their bios.