This series of meetings will support the establishment of a community-university research partnership in Aboriginal health. The partners believe a community-based, multi-sector approach is required to carry out research in this area. Interest in studying suicide has been expressed by multiple Aboriginal communities and the regional health authority in Labrador.
The partners and communities are seeking to increase local knowledge about suicide through research in an effort to respond effectively to this persistent community health problem. These meetings will bring together representatives from the communities, the health authority, the university, and other stakeholder groups, including the Nunatsiavut Government and the Innu Nation. Approximately 10-12 participants will be brought to Goose Bay from the coastal Innu and Inuit communities, (representing both elders and youth), as well as participants from Central Labrador Aboriginal communities (Goose Bay, Sheshatshiu, North West River). Invitations will also be extended health care providers, and local students in social and health professional programs.
One goal of these meeting is to discuss the current state of knowledge surrounding suicide in Labrador's Aboriginal communities. With input from both community members and practitioners, a projected outcome will be possible avenues for future investigation and intervention.