ERIC Number: EJ1076782
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Connecting to the Good Life through Outdoor Adventure Leadership Experiences Designed for Indigenous Youth
Ritchie, Stephen D.; Wabano, Mary Jo; Corbiere, Rita G.; Restoule, Brenda M.; Russell, Keith C.; Young, Nancy L.
Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, v15 n4 p350-370 2015
Indigenous voices are largely silent in the outdoor education and adventure therapy literature. The purpose of this research collaboration was to understand how a 10-day outdoor adventure leadership experience (OALE) may promote resilience and well-being for Indigenous youth through their participation in the program. The process was examined through a community-based participatory research project that sought insight from the perspectives of one First Nations community in Canada. The OALE was implemented with six different groups for a total of 43 youth participants (ages 11.9-18.7 years) from Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve in northeastern Ontario. Field data were collected from multiple sources including participant interviews, journals, focus groups, and talking circles. Using a critical ethnographic lens, we analyzed the data inductively to understand how the OALE promoted resilience and well-being. We listened to Indigenous voices, adhered to principles of Indigenous coding for thematic content and respected Indigenous ways of knowing for interpreting results. The process of connecting to the Good Life ("Anishinaabe Bimaadziwin") or waking up ("nsidwaaswok") to the Good Life emerged as the dominant theme. Connecting to the Good Life may offer a simple yet compelling way to understand the net impact of the OALE.
Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, Canada Natives, American Indian Reservations, Ethnography, Resilience (Psychology), Well Being, Interviews, Journal Writing, Focus Groups, Outdoor Education, Foreign Countries, Adventure Education, Therapy, Indigenous Knowledge, Leadership Training, Participatory Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Canada