Some youth in Ontario come from communities that face injustice. For example, the legacy of colonization still affects the lives, health, and well-being of Aboriginal youth. The Indian Act of 1876 still shapes the lives of Aboriginal communities today. The trauma and abuse of residential schools made some Aboriginal parents and caregivers unable to fully support their children. These historical harms have been linked to increased mental health problems, suicide, substance misuse, HIV, child abuse, being placed in care, and living a dangerous life on the streets.
Youth who come from families that have lived through war and other forms of violence may also be affected by these past traumas.
Strategies to address historical conditions to foster resilience:
- Help youth to develop a critical awareness of how past events and conditions affect their present-day lives.
- Link families affected by historical traumas with specialized services to support healing.
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