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Journal of Indigenous Social Development
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ISSN (Online) 2164-9170
Published by U of Calgary Homepage  [18 journals]
  • Special Issue Introduction

    • Authors: Stephanie Sinclair, Carla Cochrane
      Abstract: Editorial introduction to the WISPC Special Issue
      PubDate: 2021-11-02
      Issue No: Vol. 10, No. 2 (2021)
  • “Our spirit is like a fire”: Conceptualizing intersections of mental
           health, wellness, and spirituality with Indigenous youth leaders across

    • Authors: Jeffrey Ansloos, Elissa Dent
      Abstract: Indigenous youth in Canada experience adverse health outcomes at disproportionate rates to their non-Indigenous peers. The impacts of colonial efforts maintain the dispossession of Indigenous peoples from land, language, community, culture, identity, and other socio-cultural resources necessary to promote wellbeing. High rates of suicide among Indigenous youth in Canada, and its lasting impacts, speaks to the need for culturally relevant mental health promotion and healing. To better support mental health and wellness for many Indigenous people, it is important to understand how it is intimately connected to spirituality. There is scant research that has considered how Indigenous young people conceptualize mental health and wellbeing, particularly at the intersection of spirituality. Central to addressing the persisting mental health inequities experienced by Indigenous youth in Canada, is the vital importance of involving Indigenous youth in framing these efforts; however, this involvement is desperately lacking. This study presents findings from research with a group of 15 Indigenous youth leaders working in community health, suicide prevention and mental health organizations across Canada to understand how they are conceptualizing mental health and its intersection with spirituality. Through a thematic analysis of qualitative interviews with these young people, we consider themes related to how Indigenous young people conceptualize mental health and the intersection of spirituality, and challenges and barrier to promoting Indigenous youth mental health and wellbeing.
      PubDate: 2021-11-02
      Issue No: Vol. 10, No. 2 (2021)
  • Inspiring hope through sources of strength among predominantly Pacific
           Islander communities

    • Authors: Malia Agustin, Blane K. Garcia, Deborah Goebert, Jennifer Lyman, Sunny Mah, R. Pi'imauna Kackley, Yoojin Oh
      Abstract: in the world for youth, taking a tremendous toll on local communities (Else et al., 2007; Goebert, 2014). Comprehension of community perspectives of suicide and well-being can enhance suicide prevention interventions. This community-initiated project aimed to culturally adapt the components of an evidence-based youth suicide prevention intervention and refine the intervention methodology to align with these adaptations. Formative qualitative work was conducted with community members to obtain information on community strengths and program fit. Narrative analyses were emergent and emphasized components for suicide prevention, incorporating cultural auditing to ensure information reflected group views. Participants highlighted cultural aspects pertaining to the program philosophy, the importance of cultural protocol, local innovation in suicide prevention, and culturally grounded advancements that give back to their community. This insight was applied to two adjacent but distinct communities to integrate suicide prevention in a sustainable way by culturally adapting the program. Effective suicide prevention for rural and Indigenous youth requires a broad-based community commitment, connection, and network.
      PubDate: 2021-11-02
      Issue No: Vol. 10, No. 2 (2021)
  • Arts as witnessing, healing, and resurgence

    • Authors: Gladys Rowe
      Abstract: WISPC special issue arts section introduction.
      PubDate: 2021-11-02
      Issue No: Vol. 10, No. 2 (2021)
  • Poetry Series: Poetry written post suicide for Indigenous youth in
           Aotearoa New Zealand

    • Authors: Jason Haitana
      Abstract: This series of poetry and prose was written to provide a cathartic examination of self. I use poetry to illustrate the darker corners in us as Indigenous people, and the darkness that sits in our souls, diminished as we are, in some ways, through our lives in this world. Through poetry I talk to the experiences of all those people I have been in touch with, who passed through suicide, in a means to acknowledge them, and love them, and hold them in my heart and in the hearts of others. Most of all it is about the experiences that mar us and darken our light, and in which, through beauty and words, we and I rekindle hope in others and light their fires again.
      PubDate: 2021-11-02
      Issue No: Vol. 10, No. 2 (2021)
  • It’s good to know you love me

    • Authors: Tracy Thomas
      Abstract: This submission was made by the artist’s family, who wishes to share her poetry posthumously.
      PubDate: 2021-11-02
      Issue No: Vol. 10, No. 2 (2021)
  • Themes of Healing Among Squamish Nation Members After a Loss to Suicide

    • Authors: Jennifer Campbell
      Pages: 3 - 28
      Abstract: This research was a response to the disproportionately high suicide rates, risk for suicide clusters, and need for a suicide postvention plan in the Squamish Nation community. Using a community-based research approach and working collaboratively with Squamish Nation, I interviewed 8 community members who had lost a loved one to suicide within the past 1–10 years to understand what helped in their healing journey, as well as their recommendations for helping families after a loss to suicide. Findings indicate 5 themes of helpful postvention supports: healing self, social supports, formal community supports, wider world supports, and culture. Culture was found to aid healing across all levels. These themes do not exist in isolation, but are interrelated, both individually and communally helping community members in their healing journey. Recommendations for suicide postvention highlight the integration of healing supports from dominant mental health models and an Aboriginal wellness model. These findings should be considered with caution due to the small sample size; however, they are in line with the available Aboriginal suicide postvention literature and an Aboriginal worldview. Aboriginal communities across Canada are not homogenous, therefore generalizability to other communities is unknown.
      PubDate: 2021-11-02
      Issue No: Vol. 10, No. 2 (2021)
  • Indigenous Parents and Healing from Youth Suicide: “I Don't
           Know, I Just Pray.”

    • Authors: Marni Still
      Pages: 80 - 107
      Abstract: Worldwide, Indigenous teens die by suicide and have more suicidal attempts than any other adolescent population and are overrepresented in every suicide statistic category. This study provides a new lens to look at Indigenous youth suicide through the perspectives of their parents, thereby giving them a voice in prevention and interventions. The findings of this qualitative study show that to help with their healing process, Indigenous parents require a connection to spirituality and culture, social supports, and an understanding that healing is lifelong, after the death or attempt of suicide by their child. Recommendations from this study are that Western systems adapt to focus on spirituality and culture in healing, as well as promote the destigmatization of suicide within Indigenous communities so that social supports can increase for parents who have experienced loss by suicide or suicide attempts by their children. In addition, professional helpers require more training in loss and grief, culturally relevant healing practices, and need to centre Indigenous knowledge in the creation of future intervention and postvention services.
      PubDate: 2021-11-02
      Issue No: Vol. 10, No. 2 (2021)
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