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Culturally Responsive Supports for Metis Elders and Metis Family Caregivers

  • Elizabeth J. Cooper (a1), Julianne Sanguins (a2) (a3), Verena Menec (a3), Audrey Frances Chartrand (a2), Sheila Carter (a2) and S. Michelle Driedger (a3)...
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Abstract

Despite considerable academic attention to the role of family caregivers within the general population, little research has been conducted with Indigenous families. This qualitative study aims to fill that gap by focusing on the experiences of Metis caregivers providing care for older Metis adults. Focus groups and interviews were conducted with Metis family caregivers (n = 79), Metis Elders (n = 11) and formal caregivers (n = 8). Although there are considerable parallels in the caregiving experiences identified in this Metis study with those already documented in the literature, there are nonetheless important differences for providing culturally responsive care to Metis seniors.

Malgré une attention académique considérable au rôle de la famille des soignants avec la population générale, peu de recherches ont été menées avec les familles autochtones. Cette étude qualitative vise à combler cette lacune en se concentrant sur l’expérience des soignants Metis, fournir des soins aux adultes Metis plus âges. Des groupes de discussions et des entrevues ont été menés avec des aidants familiaux Metis (n - 79), aînés Metis (n - 11), et soignants officiels (n - 8). Bien qu’il existe de parallèles considérables dans les expériences des soins identifiés dans cette étude sur les Metis avec celles déjà documentées dans la littérature, il existe néanmoins des différences importantes pour la prestation des soins culturellement adaptés aux aînés Metis.

Malgri tot li zitchud ki lon fayt dan li zikol ipi li universiti powr l’rol di famiyl caregiver dan la populasyon general, il a paw gro d’itchud ki la iti fayt powr li famiyl Michif. L’ichud y va emplyr l’ispaws par konsantri a li ziksperians di Mitchif caregivers ki sa ayd a li plu vyu Michif. Li growp di djiskusyon ipi li interviews itay kondwi avek li caregivers di famiyl Michif (n = 79), li vyu Michif (n = 11), ipi li caregiver formal (n = 8). Mem ki la enmas di shos pareyl dan l’experyans di caregivers indentchifyi dan li leson di Michif avek suslaw dija ikri dan la literachur, il a kanmem tot li djiferens importan powr prodjwir li swin adapti a la kulture powr li vyu Michif.

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La correspondance et les demandes de tirés-à-part doivent être adressées à : / Correspondence and requests for offprints should be sent to: Julianne Sanguins, R.N., Ph.D. Research Program Manager, Manitoba Metis Federation Health & Wellness Department Assistant Professor, University of Manitoba Department of Health Sciences 150 Henry Avenue Winnipeg MB R3B 0J7 (jsanguins@mmf.mb.ca; Julianne.Sanguins@umanitoba.ca)

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We would like to thank all of the participants for taking the time to share their experiences with us. We thank President David Chartrand and the Board of Directors at the Manitoba Metis Federation for their ongoing support, and the staff and volunteers at the different Manitoba Metis Federation Regional offices and locals for making the research possible. In addition, we thank Punam Mehta for participation in data collection and collective analysis, and Georgina Liberty for her assistance in study design and data analysis.

Note: Michif, like many Indigenous languages, is an oral language. Among the Metis, even within Manitoba, there are different dialects of spoken Michif. In order to preserve the language, Metis citizens have made efforts to document the language in written form. The Michif represented in this abstract comes from the Michif French as spoken by most Michif people of St. Laurent, Manitoba. Although there may be similarities with other Michif dialects when spoken orally, there are likely considerable differences in spelling and syntax.

Funding Acknowledgement: This research was funded by a research operating grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Information (MOP 133495).

Owing to an editorial error, S. Michelle Driedger’s and Audrey Frances Chartrand’s names were incorrectly listed in the original online version of this article. This has been corrected above. An erratum has been published.

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Culturally Responsive Supports for Metis Elders and Metis Family Caregivers

  • Elizabeth J. Cooper (a1), Julianne Sanguins (a2) (a3), Verena Menec (a3), Audrey Frances Chartrand (a2), Sheila Carter (a2) and S. Michelle Driedger (a3)...
  • Please note a correction has been issued for this article.

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