The findings from this project serve to highlight that programs and services need to take a holistic and culturally sensitive approach to substance use treatment that includes consideration of youth’s mental and physical well-being. Indigenous participants in the project spoke of the need to recognise the interconnection between mind and body, and of the importance of supportive relationships for youth experiencing challenges with substance use.
As a way to share the findings from this project with policy-makers and service-providers, a Snakes and Ladders board game was created by Indigenous youth researchers. The purpose of the game is to successfully complete substance use treatment by reaching the Finish square. As workshop participants play the game, they will encounter ‘Snakes’ which represent some of the barriers Indigenous youth across BC identified and ‘Ladders’ which represent supports youth found helpful.
The game will be facilitated by the Indigenous youth researchers who will pose discussion questions and share additional information as participants play the game.
I am submitting on behalf of McCreary Centre Society's Youth Research Academy (YRA). The YRA is a group of youth aged 16 to 24 with experience of the government care system. Members of the YRA are trained to conduct research projects of interest to youth in and from government care and the agencies that serve them.