It Started over Coffee: The Aboriginal Community Youth Resilience Network (ACYRN) in Mi’kmaq and Maliseet Communities of Atlantic Canada





April Maloney and Dawn Caldwell both live in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Since 2003, they have worked together to develop a project that would examine resilience to suicide among Aboriginal youth. First, with funding from the Ottawa ACADRE (, they worked with two communities to develop a culturally appropriate research questionnaire for youth. Once the questionnaire was finalized, Dawn and April met with other communities in Atlantic Canada, to discuss youth resilience using the questionnaire they had completed and inviting communities to join them in a community based research project. In 2005, the Aboriginal Community Youth Resilience Network (ACYRN) was funded, allowing 10 communities in Atlantic Canada and 8 communities in Alberta to research youth wellness using the questionnaire first developed by Dawn and April. This article covers some of the issues that Dawn and April faced in growing their research idea into a research network.


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