Using Indigenous Knowledge For A Healthier Aboriginal Youth
The health of Aboriginal peoples in Canada ranks alarmingly low in a variety of indicators. These measures paint a bleak picture for Aboriginal youth, especially in rural and remote areas. Wide gaps in Aboriginal youth health research exist, particularly in regard to culturally-relevant research methodologies, capacity building, and policy formulation.
A new group grant by a team of our health researchers will give continuity to, and expand on, the work of IPHRC in the area of Aboriginal health, with an emphasis on Aboriginal youth health. The proposed research seeks to capitalize on existing work done by the IPHRC to develop culturally-appropriate, cost-effective health interventions among Aboriginal youth using Indigenous and arts-based methods.
The group grant, Iyiniw-Oskâtisak Pamihisowak: Using Indigenous Knowledge for a Healthier Aboriginal Youth, will receive $750,000 over three years from the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF). It is a series of projects that will use everything from theatre improvisation to hip hop to empower youth and help communities address health disparities among Aboriginal young people in the province, particularly in rural and remote areas. The project is a partnership with the File Hills Qu’Appelle (FHQ) Tribal Council Health Services, Battleford Tribal Council Indian Health Services, Inc., and Northern Sport, Culture, and Recreation.
- Dr. Jo-Ann Episkenew, Team Leader (IPHRC/U of R)
- Dr. Linda Goulet (FNUC)
- Dr. Warren Linds (Concordia University)
- Dr. JoLee Blackbear Sasakamoose (U of R)
- Dr. Jennifer Poudrier (U of S)
- Dr. Carolyn Brooks (U of S)
- Dr. Charity Marsh (U of R)
- Dr. Charlotte Reading (UVic)
- Dr. Greg Marchildon (JSGS/U of R)
- Dr. Nuno Ribeiro (U of Illinois)
Project 1: Expanding the use of arts-based and Indigenous methods in Aboriginal youth health research to rural and remote populations
The purpose of this project is to expand current work being done on Aboriginal youth health by IPHRC researchers with Indigenous and arts-based research in two ways: a) methodologically, by framing the workshops as health interventions, that provide culturally-safe spaces wherein Aboriginal youth can critically reflect on wellness and acquire positive health-related traits; and b) geographically, by extending the IPHRC’s work beyond its current area of influence in Saskatchewan to rural and remote parts of the Province.
Project 2: Increasing health-related capacity among Aboriginal youth in rural and remote Saskatchewan
Project 3: Investigating health disparities among Aboriginal youth through Indigenous and contemporary storytelling
Related Project Links:
- Acting Out! (But in a Good Way)
- Pehtawihk Oskayak: Listening to Youth on Reserve
- Interactive Media and Performance Lab