Preventing Indigenous Youth Homelessness in Canada: A Qualitative Study on Structural Challenges and Upstream Prevention in Education

This study provides strategies to promote the wellbeing of Indigenous youth and decrease risk of housing precarity, while centering and drawing from lived experiences of this demographic. It uses data from lived experts in Vancouver to identify four structural challenges that have impacted this group and five actionable upstream strategies to further prevent youth housing precarity.

Structural Challenges: 

  1. Racism
  2. Colonial Logics, policies, systems, and practices
  3. Cultural dislocation and culturally irrelevant public services
  4. Austere public policy measures and 'one‐size fits all' policy maneuvers

Upstream Strategies:

  1. Leveraging rights and advocacy to promote indigenous youth cultural safety
  2. Economic investment in schools and enhancing Indigenous youth socioeconomic safety
  3. Alignment and integration of systems
  4. Implement transitional justice and historical redress in education
  5. Public mental health systems expansion and socioemotional literacy
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Journal of Community Psychology