As part of a cross-national collaborative study of resilience among circumpolar youth,
we examined the life experiences, stressors, and coping or resilience strategies of
Inuit youth in the community of Igloolik, Nunavut, Canada. An Inuit steering committee
was formed with youth, adults, and one elder. The steering committee led this project
in the community, informing community members of progress and helping direct all aspects
of the study from research questions to methods to data collection to dissemination.
A structured interview used across sites allowed youth to describe what matters to
them, that is, what is at stake for them in terms of challenges and successes. Developing
stable and secure relationships with one's friends and family members enabled Inuit
youth to become more resilient in the face of stresses related to social change in
the Canadian Arctic.