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Aboriginal Youth in Canada

Author Geneviève Kroes
Title Aboriginal Youth in Canada
Year 2009
ISBN ISSN 978-1-100-11670-9
Subtitle Emerging Issues, Research Priorities, and Policy Implications
Publisher Policy Research Initiative
Publisher URL URL
Place of Publication Ottawa, Ontario
Publication Type Report
Location Online
Pages 30
CRRF Identifier AP-Yo-BR-OR-4598
Last modified 2016-05-19
English Abstract

In December 2006, the Policy Research Initiative (PRI) launched a research project to examine the changing realities facing today's youth and their implications for public policy. The objective of the project Investing in Youth: Evidence from Policy, Practice, and Research is to develop a knowledge base and a conceptual framework for supporting effective analysis, measurement, and responses to youth-related issues in Canada. In the first phase of the project, two roundtables and a series of background papers were commissioned to gather input for the project's development, explore recent research findings and discuss international developments in the area of youth policy. This phase of the project set the stage by defining the key emerging issues for youth and identifying medium-term research priorities.

On March 17, 2008, a roundtable with experts on Aboriginal youth was held as part of the project's second phase. It was hosted by the PRI in partnership with Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and in consultation with five other federal departments. This event built on a special volume of the public policy journal Horizons entitled "Hope or Heartbreak: Young Aboriginals and Canada's Future" (March 2008). The half-day event brought together more than 30 experts, including researchers, senior federal representatives, and community practitioners, to discuss the issues facing a rapidly growing young Aboriginal population, including changing conditions, new aspects of vulnerability, and implications for public policy.

Overall, the roundtable discussion was characterized by passion and commitment. Although there was a general consensus over the pressing need to improve education, the experts differed in their opinions about other priority issues. Generally, the discussion followed two threads:

  • the "what," i.e., identifying and discussing the emerging issues that require attention; and
  • the "how," i.e., discussing respectful and ethical ways to study the issues, develop relevant policies, and implement programs