Connection to the Land as a Youth-Identified Social Determinant of Indigenous Peoples’ Health

Yellowknives Dene First Nation youth in the Canadian Northwest Territories participated in the ‘On-the-Land Health Leadership Camp,” where they used a strength- and community-based participatory approach through an Indigenous research lens to collect stories from youth through sharing circles, PhotoVoice, mural art, and surveys.

The youth found that the emerging themes are connection to land, practicing cultural skills, Elders passing on traditional healing, and surviving off the land. This included youth-identified health issues related to environmental damage including pollution, modern transportation, and arsenic contamination.

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