The social participation of Indigenous Elders benefits every aspect of their communities.


This toolkit is a synthesis of knowledge on the impact of Indigenous Elders in their communities. It is available in many formats.

When Elders participate in community life, they are proven to improve cultural, social, physical and mental wellness.

The Social Participation of Indigenous Elders Toolkit is offered in many formats and free to read and use, with some limitations.

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This research explains the different ways Indigenous Elders participate in their communities and shows the proven benefits of Elder social participation.

To aid in the development and provision of policies and services, the Toolkit also offers strategies to leverage the skills and abilities of Elders within and outside their communities.

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This toolkit was developed as part of a partnership with communities of eight First Nations in Quebec who participated in group or individual interviews with Elders.

It was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Réseau de recherche et de connaissances relatives aux peuples autochtones (Réseau Dialog), and is approved by the Research Ethics Board of the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue.

Learn more about the history and team behind theToolkit