Dr. David Long, Aboriginal Boys Matter Too
For the past 27 years, I have involved King’s students in a wide variety of Community Engaged Research (CER) projects in collaboration with First Nations and Indigenous service agencies and organizations in Alberta.
My hope is that this research will help cultivate a deeper understanding, growth in appreciation and respect, as well as mutual support in relations between Indigenous and Settler peoples in Canada. The most recent collaboration has been with Edmonton’s Creating Hope Society (CHS) and involved a study funded by Justice Canada which looked at support services, and resources for Aboriginal male youth involved in Canada’s criminal justice system.
The Aboriginal Boys Matter, Too research project examined information and insights provided by participants who work with incarcerated Aboriginal male youth in Edmonton and surrounding regions. The study found that while there are services and programs designed to address certain needs of young Aboriginal males involved in the criminal justice system, there are also significant gaps in program and service provision.
The 30 Calls to Action outlined in the conclusion of the major research report submitted to Justice Canada identify practical steps that First Nations, Indigenous organizations, and various levels of government can take together to realize the rehabilitative and reintegrating goals of Aboriginal youth justice in Edmonton and beyond.