Research Projects


New Frontiers

Status: Active

Project Lead: Helen Brown

Other: Samantha Young, THJRC Project Coordinator

Incarcerated individuals suffer vast health and social inequities, many of which span generations. In Canada’s colonial context, Indigenous peoples are disproportionately impacted by barriers to health and social well-being, which are in turn correlated with crime. This results in the over-representation of Indigenous peoples in institutional contexts such as child welfare, youth detention, provincial/federal corrections and mental health and substance use treatment facilities. Despite widespread research attention, attempts to address these inequities often exist. Additionally, assumptions regarding Indigenous peoples’ vulnerability often reduces meaningful input and opportunities to engage with community strengths.

New Frontiers will conduct Participatory Action Research to explore peer-led interventions, by developing a pilot peer mentorship program, to foster health and social equity, employment opportunities, and safe housing for impacted people.