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Aboriginal, Indigenous, Family Resilience, Self Determination, Reconciliation, Interconnectedness, Decolonization, Trauma
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University of Alberta
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LaBoucane-Benson, Patti-Ann Terra
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Munro, Brenda (Human Ecology)
Gibson, Nancy (Human Ecology)
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Fletcher, Christopher (Anthropology)
Tully, James (Political Science)
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Although there is a vast body of literature on family resilience, very little represents research from an explicitly Indigenous paradigm. This research process included an Indigenous research path and a case study informed by Indigenous worldview. The data collected in both informed the findings presented here and contributed to the creation of the final model for building resilience in Indigenous families. The results demonstrate how self-determination in research, service delivery, organizational leadership, spiritual connection and individual, every-day practice can be a powerful expression of freedom, liberty and humanity. The case study maps how the self-determination of an Aboriginal organization, resulted in the creation of a program that assists violent Aboriginal men reconcile their traumatic histories, reconnect to an interconnected worldview and repatriate their responsibilities as men within a strong, healthy Aboriginal society.
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