Te Mauri - Pimatisiwin

Ktunaxa Community Learning Centres: Unique Community Perspectives on the Development of Health Education

Abstract


The Ktunaxa Community Learning Centres (KCLC) project, a community-university partnership, was funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research from 2006–2009. KCLCs were developed in three First Nations communities and aimed to provide community members with a physical and online space to access culturally relevant health education. Community leads collaborated with community members and university partners to coordinate KCLC development, and each KCLC evolved into a unique community resource that operated dynamically and according to various community factors. The current article presents four case studies, written from the point of view of community and university research and technology leads who worked on the KCLC project. Each lead discusses their self-perceived role in the project, successes and challenges they experiencedthroughout, and future goals and directions for the learning centres. This article is intended to illustrate the unique approaches that the KCLCs have been used and valued in their community from the point of view of those on the ground during their development.

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