SMART INDIGENOUS YOUTH
WHERE: Utilizing the SMART Platform, this 5-year community trial is being conducted in 4 communities (2-rural and 2-remote) in Saskatchewan. The trial involves the embedding of a culturally, linguistically, and geographically appropriate land-based active living intervention into the school curricula to improve mental health among Indigenous youth.
WHO: This program was developed and is being implemented in collaboration with on-reserve school administrators, Elders, and community leaders. The youth are the citizen scientists in this initiative, where they interact with researchers in real-time using smartphones to provide their perception of their own evolving behaviours in response to the land-based intervention.
HOW: The focus of the intervention is on holistic wellness, including physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Knowledge Translation, Citizen Engagement, and Community Participation are three pillars of this initiative. Community partners who co-own the data are consulted continuously to determine changes to the intervention, and to collaborate in knowledge dissemination.