Mino Bimaadiziwin Innovation Award for Healthy Living

Mino Bimaadiziwin is an Ojibway philosophy, capturing the concept of balancing the four elements of health: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Although this philosophy is captured here in the Ojibway language, the concept of holistic health is widely endorsed by indigenous communities across Manitoba.  In addition, research supports the health benefits of a holistic approach for all.

This philosophy emphasizes that healthy living is about making healthy choices every day. Eating well, being physically active, being smoke free and looking after our mental health are four of the best things we can do for our health. Staying healthy prevents chronic diseases and reduces the risk of becoming ill or seriously injured.

The Mino Bimaadiziwin Innovation Award for Healthy Living recognizes an individual or a group that exemplifies this philosophy, models healthy choices, and encourages and supports others to take steps to living well and healthily in their community.


Nominations must clearly demonstrate:

  • Eligibility, including that the nominee:
    • is an individual over 12 years old OR is a not-for-profit community group,
    • has developed or led a community initiative that exemplifies and promotes healthy living, and
    • has not previously received this award.
  • Why and how the initiative is important for the community’s overall well-being.
  • Positive impact on the community’s overall well-being in two or more of the four main pillars of healthy living:
    • active living
    • healthy eating
    • tobacco reduction
    • mental health promotion