Housing for Aboriginal Youth in the Inner City of Winnipeg

Understanding the "problems" of groups facing multiple barriers has been of interest to researchers for some time. However, these groups have typically had few connections to researchers through which to influence the agenda (Greenwood & Levin, 2000). As a result, participants have experienced little benefit from being researched because the results had no direct application to their realities. We wanted to design a research study that would yield results that could be directly applied toward improving the conditions for youth in the local community. We used the principles of community-based participatory (CBPR) research to guide this project. CBPR is defined as "a collaborative approach to research that equitably involves, for example, community members, organizational representatives, and researchers in all aspects of the research process. The partners contribute unique strengths and shared responsibilities to enhance understanding of a given phenomenon and the social and cultural dynamics of the community, and integrate the knowledge gained with action to improve the health and well-being of community members"

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First Peoples Child & Family Review