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Open Access Coming Together — Intersections of Identity, Culture, and Health for Urban Aboriginal Youth Melq'ilwiye: Union — carrefour entre identité, culture et santé des jeunes Autochtones vivant en milieu urbain

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The goal of this exploratory community-based participatory action research project was twofold: to determine how urban Aboriginal youth identify their health needs within a culturally centred model of health and wellness, and to create new knowledge and research capacity by and with urban Aboriginal youth and urban Aboriginal health-care providers. A mixed-method approach was employed to examine these experiences using talking circles and a survey. The study contributes to anticolonial research in that it resists narratives of dis(ease) put forth through neocolonial research paradigms. A key focus was the development of strategies that address the of urban Aboriginal youth, laying foundations upon which their potential in health and wellness can be nurtured, supported, and realized. The study contributes to a new narrative of the health of urban Aboriginal youth within a culturally centred and culturally safe framework that acknowledges their strong connection to their Indigenous lands, languages, and traditions while also recognizing the spaces between which they move.

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L'objectif de ce projet exploratoire de recherche participative en milieu communautaire était double : déterminer comment les jeunes Autochtones vivant en ville établissent leurs besoins en santé à partir d'un modèle de la santé et du bien-être qui est de nature culturelle, et créer de nouvelles connaissances de même qu'une capacité de recherche par et avec les jeunes Autochtones et les fournisseurs de soins de santé autochtones en milieu urbain. Les expériences visées par le projet ont été examinées au moyen d'un cadre méthodologique mixte reposant sur la participation à des cercles de la parole et la réalisation d'un sondage. L'étude issue de ce projet contribue au développement de la recherche anticoloniale dans la mesure où elle résiste aux explications en termes de maladie/malaise mises de l'avant par les paradigmes de recherche néocoloniaux. L'un des principaux axes de la recherche était l'élaboration de stratégies permettant de tenir compte des aspirations des jeunes Autochtones vivant en milieu urbain, afin ainsi de construire les assises grâce auxquelles ces jeunes pourront alimenter, soutenir et concrétiser leur potentiel en matière de santé et de bienêtre. La contribution de la présente étude consiste donc à proposer une nouvelle façon de concevoir la santé des jeunes Autochtones vivant en milieu urbain, conception s'appuyant sur un cadre axé sur la culture, culturellement approprié et apte à reconnaître à la fois le lien profond qui rattache les jeunes Autochtones en milieu urbain à leurs terres, leurs langues et leurs traditions ancestrales et la nature des espaces entre lesquels ils évoluent.
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Keywords: ABORIGINAL HEALTH; COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH METHODS; CULTURE; GENDER; HEALTH PROMOTION; YOUTH HEALTH

Document Type: Regular Paper

Publication date: 2013-06-01

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