A University of Regina researcher will study violence and bullying in Saskatchewan First Nations communities.

Dr. Raven Sinclair, a professor in the Faculty of Social Work is using $400,000 in federal funds for a research project to support Indigenous youth and take action against violence and bullying.

The objective is to understand violence and bullying from the perspective of the Indigenous youth.

Sinclair will collaborate with youth from Prince Albert, Pelican Narrows, Wollaston Lake, Stanley Mission, and Fond Du Lac.

“Participants will learn to use digital storytelling to create individual and group stories related to the community and will share project information with stakeholders across the province. Recommendations for supports and resources will be implemented in each community,” said Sinclair.

As well, the team will explore ways to develop culturally-sensitive crime prevention practices among Indigenous and northern populations.

“We also hope that ultimately youth will develop confidence, research, writing, and public speaking skills, as well as to understand the role of research in informing policy and program development for when they become community leaders and service providers,” Sinclair said.