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Stories of Resilience Project: Ways of Revealing Métis Resilience

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Stéphane Dandeneau, PhD
McGill University and Culture and
Mental Health Research Unit, Jewish General Hospital

NAHO 2009 National Conference

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Stories of Resilience Project: Ways of Revealing Métis Resilience

  1. 1. NAMHR Stories of Resilience Project: Ways of Revealing Métis Resilience Stéphane Dandeneau, PhD McGill University and Culture and Mental Health Research Unit, Jewish General Hospital Our People, Our Health NAHO National Conference November 24- 26, 2009
  2. 2. Stories of Resilience: Goals • The aim of the Stories of Resilience project is to collect stories to help define resilience from Aboriginal perspectives and to identify factors that promote resilience among individuals and communities. • Give a voice to local and traditional knowledge. • Redefine “resilience” from multiple Aboriginal perspectives • First Nations, Inuit, and Métis • Urban and Rural communities • Investigate the shared and distinct aspects of resilience across communities and Nations.
  3. 3. Participating Communities Kinngait Iqaluit Wemindji Eskasoni Métis Kahnawake Six Nations
  4. 4. Stories of Resilience Process • Develop Collaboration: • Establish community partnership and Community Advisory Group • Local ethics process • Hire community researcher/s • Gathering Stories • Key Informants • Focus group/Talking Circles with: • Elders • Adults • Young adults • Youth • Individual interviews
  5. 5. Stories of Resilience Interviews • Interviews address: a) Community and personal challenges and how people get through challenges b) Signs of wellness c) Words and expressions for “resilience” d) Examples of resilience – e.g. people, families, communities e) Traditional stories or Songs related to resilience f) Sharing knowledge and Future outlooks
  6. 6. Knowledge Exchange and Outcomes • With each the Community Advisory Group, we will discuss the appropriate and beneficial ways of sharing the knowledge • Community Forums to present and celebrate the results Kahnawake, Qc
  7. 7. Preliminary Métis Resilience Themes • Independence – Self-sufficiency • Social protective factors • Hiding one’s identity and blending in • Language assimilation • Self-discovery/Re-discovering Métis roots • Débrouillardise/ être un “capable” • Education
  8. 8. Project Website www.mcgill.ca/resilience
  9. 9. The Team Laurence Kirmayer Trisha MacDonald Morgan Kahentonni Phillips Nel Wieman Katya Petrov Karla Jessen Williamson Community Advisory Groups: Lori Idlout Kahnawake Annie Pitseolak Wemindji Mialy Buscemi Conseil Elzéar-Goulet and Union Shannon Dow nationale métisse Maudie Ratt Iqualuit Annie Saganash Kinngait Jonelle Donnelly Eskasoni Elizabeth Marshall Aggie Marzzuco
  10. 10. Thank you! Merci! Meeqwetch! Marsi!

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