A Systematic Review of Resilience Research among Indigenous Youth in Contemporary Canadian Contexts

By Melody Rowhani and Andrew Hatala.

Published by The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society

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The following article is a systematic review of health literature that considers processes of resilience among Indigenous youth in Canadian contexts. Through a systematic review of seventeen mixed-methods studies, this article briefly outlines the health disparities that exist among this population, while at the same time examining how resilience processes can inform strength-based approaches designed to improve the health and well-being of Indigenous youth in Canada. Central themes and prevalent findings discussed from this review include: (1) the role of cultural continuity; (2) community and family ties; and (3) empowering youth programs. Future implications for public health and community wellness initiatives should include a collaborative approach alongside Indigenous youth and their communities to understand resilience better as well as incorporating these relevant findings to contribute to strength within health and wellness related programming.

Keywords: Resilience, Indigenous Youth, Canada, Cultural Continuity, Community Health, Family Ties, Empowerment

The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 7, Issue 4, December 2017, pp.45-58. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 769.849KB).

Melody Rowhani

Registered Nurse (RN) and Master’s Student, School of Public Health, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Andrew Hatala

Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada