First Nations Health Authority, Fraser Health-Aboriginal, Sumas First Nation, and Valley Youth Partnership for Engagement & Respect (VYPER – managed by Impact) propose a project, based on collective impact (Turner, et al, 2012), developmental evaluation (Patton, 2011), and outcome mapping (Earl, Carden, & Smutylo, 2001), that will enhance community youth-adult partnership behaviours to improve the number, quality and sustainability of Aboriginal teaching-inspired resiliency-building opportunities available to youth-in-care in the Fraser Health region. This approach acknowledges replicated studies showing resilience is a social process (Obradovic, Burt, & Masten, 2006; Sameroff & Rosenblum, 2006; Stajduhar, Funk, Shaw, Bottorff, & Johnson, 2009; Stone, Becker, Huber, & Catalano, 2012), and is based on three core factors that support youth into thriving by mid-life (Brown, Jean-Marie & Beck, 2010): 1. opportunities to participate and contribute; 2. caring and connected relationships; and 3. developing high self-expectations. These factors align with Indigenous teachings around the four quadrants of the medicine wheel: generosity, belonging, mastery, and independence (Brendtro, Brokenleg, & Van Bockern, 2002).
The project will support the addition of an Aboriginal Youth-In-Care Facilitator to the VYPER project, which already engages numerous Aboriginal youth-in-care. The specific role will be to facilitate opportunities that support traditional ways between elders and youth.