Cultural Narratives and Clarity of Cultural Identity: Understanding the Well-Being of Inuit Youth





Inuit communities are addressing an array of social issues. There is a consensus that the negative impact of European colonization is the root cause of the challenges that are confronting Aboriginal people generally, and Inuit communities in particular. We challenge current theorizing by proposing that it is not the negative fallout associated with colonization directly that is most disruptive. Rather, it is the fact that colonization destroyed the clarity of Inuit identity. A guided Cultural Narrative Interview supported our proposal that a clear understanding of the history of one’s group can have a positive impact on collective well-being.

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