The Elder-Youth Dialogue on Indigenous Health Priorities

From March 12-14, 23 pairs of Elders and youths, representing communities all across Canada's provinces and territories, gathered for the Elder-Youth Dialogue on Indigenous Health Priorities. The gathering, hosted on Algonquin Territory in Ottawa, was inspired by the 2010 Aboriginal Health Research Summits, which sought information on critical community health needs and to identify perceived gaps in research. The Elder-Youth Dialogue followed up on the themes identified from the 2010 Summits, privileging the voices of Elders and youths, and exploring the role of this intergenerational bond. Over the three days of the gathering, Elders and youths participated in discussions on several topic areas, such as education and wellness, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Calls to Action, and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Open forum discussion also provided an opportunity to share perspectives on topics that had not been considered in the agenda, such as the role technology plays in health and wellness. IAPH plans for themes shared at the gathering to help determine a research agenda within the Institute, and more broadly, throughout CIHR.

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