Supporting alberta indigenous youth activity-promoting programs: A gathering to facilitate knowledge-to-action

  • Angela M Coppola Division of Allied Health Sciences, Indiana University Kokomo
  • Tara-Leigh F McHugh Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta

Abstract

The purpose of the presentation is to share the process and outcomes of an integrated knowledge translation (iKT) project that emerged as a gathering of Indigenous youth activity-promoting (IYAP) programmers in Alberta, Canada. This project is a part of a larger community-based participatory research (CBPR) project focused on exploring how to support IYAP programming in Alberta, Canada. In response to feedback and results from the second phase of this CBPR, a gathering was organized to provide support to IYAP programmers and to discuss how to further support IYAP programming. Approximately 35 people attended the gathering and participated in open space technology discussions and professional development speaker sessions addressing topics such as connecting with youth, promoting interagency support, and sustaining programs. Twelve participants shared their thoughts on what they found useful and beneficial about the gathering, their ability to network, their key take-away points, and their next steps in promoting and supporting IYAP programming. Upon reflection of the existing research literature, and in consideration of the participants' feedback, several factors have been identified as facilitating knowledge-to-action within the IYAP context: a) supporting participants' needs, b) facilitating a decolonizing space, c) creating opportunities for networking and engagement, and d) supporting on-going networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities. This project extends upon the knowledge translation and participatory research literature by highlighting considerations for developing an iKT project and, ultimately, quality community scholarship with Canadian Indigenous Peoples.

Acknowledgments: Alberta Centre for Child, Family, and Community Research; International and Community Education, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta