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Tousignant Michel
Chercheur - Professeur
Universit du Qubec Montral

Tousignant, M. and Sioui, N. (2008). Community wellness, chapter 16. In National report on Adults, Youth and Children Living in First Nations Communities. The First Nations Information Governance Centre, First Nations Regional Health Survey (RHS) Phase 2 (2008/10).

An overview of First Nations theories of wellness shows that a healthy person is one who maintains balance with his or her environment. The First Nations Regional Health Survey (RHS) 2008/10 integrated this concept of health by including a section on community wellness. Measures of community wellness are rarely found in population health surveys; therefore, the RHS is unique in this respect. The data presented in this chapter provide an informative portrait of how First Nations adults living on-reserve and in northern communities evaluate the quality of life within their communities (e.g., education and training opportunities, alcohol and drug abuse, housing, culture, gang activity, health, employment). First Nations adults identified family values (61.6%) and elders (41.7%) as strengths in their communities. In contrast, few adults identified a strong economy as being a community strength (10.8%). With respect to perception of progress and improvement of community variable, little change was observed, especially for gang activity and alcohol and drug abuse. The associations between perceptions of community wellness and measures of individual wellness are also explored.

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