Territoire et société

Importance of Indigenous elders’ contributions to individual and community wellness: Results from a scoping review on social participation and intergenerational solidarity

Viscogliosi, C., Asselin, H., Basile, S.,  Borwick, K., Couturier, Y.,  Drolet, M.-J., Gagnon, D., Obradovic, N., Torrie, J., Zhou, D., Levasseur, M. (2020). Importance of Indigenous elders’ contributions to individual and community wellness: Results from a scoping review on social participation and intergenerational solidarity. Canadian Journal of Public Health. 111: 667-681.doi.org/10.17269/s41997-019-00292-3

Wellness is a challenge for Indigenous peoples, partly because Western services do not adopt a holistic approach. By devaluing traditional knowledge, Indigenous values and beliefs, these services lower Indigenous power and affect cultural identities. Indigenous elders participate in intergenerational solidarity by transmitting knowledge, values, and culture in a holistic approach. Despite widespread acceptance of the importance of Indigenous elders’ contributions to wellness, a rigorous synthesis of knowledge has never been done. This study aimed to provide a comprehensive understanding of how Indigenous elders’ social participation contributes to individual and community wellness.

Mots-clés: Autochtone, Aînés, Premières nations, Engagement social, Bien-être, Promotion de la santé