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Section 3: Two-Eyed Seeing

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Introduction

Two-Eyed Seeing (Etuaptmumk) accepts the combining of strengths from an Indigenous and Western knowledge systems to benefit humanity. It involves both knowledge systems being compared side-by-side to adapt to certain circumstances. Each knowledge system is viewed through “one eye,” but by combining the strengths of both Indigenous and mainstream knowledge, there is a greater benefit to all.  Mi’kmaq Elder Albert Marshall from Eskasoni First Nation developed the principle of Two-Eyed Seeing. In this video he is joined by his wife Elder Murdena and Dr. Cheryl Bartlett to discuss Two-Eyed Seeing as a guiding principle of collaboration.

I have chosen to use an original video from 2006 to hear from Elder Albert Marshall, Elder Murdena Marshall, and Professor Cheryl Bartlett. Sadly, Elder Murdena Marshall has joined the spirit world, but her wise words and stories are present in this video.

Two-Eyed Seeing can be adopted into everyday practice. The Mi’kmaw Seven Sacred Teachings of love, honesty, humility, respect, truth, patience, and wisdom guide an Indigenous perspective for care. These teachings are relevant to healthcare providers and emphasize relationship building with patients. Two-Eyed Seeing encourages us to look at things from a holistic view. It can help you ensure you are using culturally relevant forms of communication and help build relationships and foster trust with co-workers and clients by considering multiple perspectives.

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Two-Eyed Seeing can be adopted into everyday practice. The Mi’kmaw Seven Sacred Teachings of love, honesty, humility, respect, truth, patience, and wisdom guide an Indigenous perspective for care. These teachings are relevant to healthcare providers and emphasize relationship building with patients. Two-Eyed Seeing encourages us to look at things from a holistic view. It can help you ensure you are using culturally relevant forms of communication and help build relationships and foster trust with co-workers and clients by considering multiple perspectives.

Multiple Lenses

This video will help guide how to adopt Two-Eyed Seeing principles in everyday life.

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