Indigenous youth

Indigenous youth researchers presenting at a regional event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
CFYS has worked with Indigenous youth on projects addressing issues such as transitions, identity, and resistance.

“We have always known”: Centering land-based, youth and community-driven Indigenous gender and sexual knowledges (2020-)

The organizers worked together to orchestrate the placement of a large mural in the main library on the University of Victoria campus. For more information about the project, please visit: 

Funding Partner: SSHRC
Research Team: Sandrina de Finney (PI), Mandeep Kaur Mucina (Co-PI), N. Land (Co-PI), Doris Kakura (Co-PI)

Art of Reconciliation (2019-)

The CFYS has received a SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant to conduct research on the topic of Reconciliation. In partnership with the Victoria Native Friendship Centre, Art of Reconciliation, is an Indigenous art project that allows youth and Elders to work together on an art project to enhance youth engagement and cultural awareness on the topic of Reconciliation.

Funding partner: SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant
Research team: Frederick Grouzet and the Victoria Native Friendship Centre

Connections to Culture for Indigenous Children in Care (2019-)

This project investigated what pathways are facilitated for indigenous youth in care to connect to their culture and identity. The team is in the process of producing a report on their findings.

Funding Partner: Ministry of Children and Family Development Research Grant
Research Team: Mandeep Kaur Mucina (Co-PI) & Sarah Write Cardinal (Co-PI)

Expanding the BC model of Indigenous health, well-being, and identity formation (2010-)

Informed by previous research in BC which showed lower rates of youth suicide within First Nations communities that better preserved and promoted cultural heritage and self-governance, the research team is replicating the model in Manitoba. In partnership with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and the Centre for Aboriginal Health, this project explores the unique culture of Manitoba Indigenous populations and the impacts on youth health, well-being, and identity formation. Identity formation, a key aspect of youth development, depends on what is passed down, both through the education system and in less formal manners.

Funding Partner: Health Canada
Research Team: Chris Lalonde & team