Indigenous Youth Voices

Youth-Led Research


An area that was clearly identified in The Roadmap was Indigenous youth-led research. Youth told us that they are tired of being researched and consulted and not have control or access to the research once complete. During IYV’s research, it was difficult to find youth-led literature and reports.

Indigenous Youth Voices (IYV) is excited to announce that, in partnership with the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society (the Caring Society), has received the SSHRC Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation—Connection Grants

The Connections Grant is intended to specifically address the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action 65.  It is clear that Indigenous youth feel that they have little to no control over the direction of research conducted by and/or for Indigenous peoples. As Indigenous people we know this, but it was also made clear whilst conducting community sessions for the Indigenous Youth Roadmap. Indigenous youth have expressed profound frustration and disappointment at being over-consulted, without any real or meaningful change or support. As the fastest growing demographic in Canada, Indigenous youth voices and priorities matter in research, both ethically and equitably. In order to fulfill the spirit of TRC Call to Action 65, Indigenous youth must have a leadership role in the creation of a national research program in a sustainable and holistic way.

IYV will build on the previous body of work (the Roadmap) that was conducted in collaboration with Indigenous youth across Canada. We will hold up to six community-based facilitated sessions invited approximately 120 Indigenous youth to explore and identify best practices and holistic approaches to research with Indigenous youth. The community-based sessions will take into consideration intersectionality (for example, gender and geographic location) and will target specific communities of Indigenous youth who have been identified by IYV as underrepresented in past research or consultations.

Our goal is to ensure that the knowledge produced by this research will empower Indigenous youth to better identify research, programs and services that work and do not work for them, and will also support youth in conducting their own youth-led research. The knowledge shared in the gatherings will inform a position paper to SSHRC on best practices for engaging with Indigenous youth in a holistic and ethical way. 

Currently, IYV has conducted 6 sessions in Ottawa, Haida Gwai, Edmonton and Toronto. Sessions included LGBTQ2S+, urban Inuit, Metis, and diverse Indigenous youth leaders from Toronto and Winnipeg.

We are pleased to announce the completion of our research paper. You can read it and download it here: A Way Forward in Conducting Research With and by Indigenous Youth