Ocanku Duta Amani: Paths to living well for Aboriginal youth

Last Updated: February 5, 2014

  (Principal Investigator)
Bonnie Jeffery, PhD (Co-investigator)

Numerous publications and reports have shown that the health status of young Aboriginal Canadians is lower than that of non-Aboriginal Canadians the same age. Although this disparity highlights a challenge, current research suggests building on the strengths of Aboriginal youth and their communities is more effective than reflecting on problems and deficits.

Goals / Outcomes: This research sought the perspectives of Aboriginal on‐reserve youth about their “paths to being and becoming well.” A select group of on‐reserve youth in Saskatchewan was asked to explore the meaning and strategies to being well in a holistic context by using sharing circles and photovoice. The youth are to develop an interactive activity through which they will share their knowledge and experiences with other Aboriginal on‐reserve youth. This project also involves Co-Investigators Sandra Bassendowski, Louise Racine and Marlene Smadu, from the University of Saskatchewan.

Funder: Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Aboriginal Health New Investigator

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