Art Therapy with First Nations' People

by Jeffrey More

This booklet intends to show that art therapy is an exceptional way to meet the healing needs of First Nations’ people and communities. It also will demonstrate that the practice of art therapy has similarities with First Nations’ cultural practices. Art therapy is described in detail then cultural practices and the similarities with art therapy are outlined. The discussion ends with an account of the successful use of art therapy in First Nations’ communities.

The purpose of this booklet is to provide valuable information to those considering an alternative to verbal therapy in order to meet the healing needs of First Nations’ people. The booklet is not intended to undermine or promote the replacement of other healing modes. I hope that it will further enhance the integration of expressive arts into First Nations' community development programs. Please share the information from this booklet with anyone you believe will find it useful.