About the Project

Initiated at their request, this research is a partenership between Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs community members and University of Saskatchewan researchers and focuses on understanding the barriers and protective factors which mediate resilience among First Nations youth on-reserve in Saskatchewan.

The Communities

The Battleford Agency Tribal Chiefs (BATC) member First Nations are:

  • Ahtahkakoop
  • Moosomin
  • Red Pheasant
  • Saulteaux
  • Sweetgrass
  • Young Chippewayan


We combine community based research with multiple qualitative and quantitatve methods. Our focus is on arts-based methods, particularly drawing. It is important to note that the focus of the study is not on the art itself but the process of expression. Art acts as a facilitator and the ability to draw 'well' is not a pre-requisite. This methodology helps to draw out the world views and perspectives of youth on-reserve through the use of participant’s art and in-depth interviews surrounding these images.

Arts and Science Magazine article (Page 4) on the research methods and labs used for "Listening to Youth"

Our Goal

This project seeks to be conducted in a respectful and participatory manner.

Our goals are to:

  • Understand the barriers and protective factors that mediate ever day life for youth on-reserve;
  • promote collective dialogue and sharing knowledge;
  • and to reach policy makers