Building resilience

anisinabe kekendazone

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Anisinabe Kekendazone researchers are carrying out studies that explore various sources of resilience in Aboriginal communities, such as spirituality, family values, teachings from Elders, ceremonial rituals, oral traditions, identity, and support networks. These tools can havea positive impact on both individuals and communities, as well as protective potential against a range of health risks, from substance abuse to sexually transmitted infections and youth suicide.

Rethinking Resilience From Indigenous Perspectives

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This artcile reports observations from an ongoing collaborative project on resilience in Inuit, Métis, Mi’kmaq, and Mohawk communities that suggests the value of incorporating indigenous constructs in resilience research. This article provides constructs expressed through specific stories and metaphors grounded in local culture and language. This tool can be used forregulating emotion and supporting adaptation through relational, ecocentric, and cosmocentric concepts of self and personhood; revisioning collective history in ways that valorize collective identity; revitalizing language and culture as resources for narrative self-fashioning, social positioning, and healing; and renewing individual and collective agency through political activism, empowerment, and reconciliation. 

Land and nature as sources of health and resilience among Indigenous youth in an urban Canadian context: a photovoice exploration

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This article explores how among Indigenous youth, health and resilience scholarship, however, research tends to conceptualize land and nature as rural phenomena without any serious consideration on their impacts within urban cityscapes. This article can be used as a tool to exploring Indigenous youths’ meaning-making processes and engagements with land and nature in an urban Canadian context.