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|
Registered Nurse (RN) and Master’s Student, School of Public Health, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada