Imagining continuing education, interprofessional collaboration and support in a trilingual environment - Lucie Nadeau, Sarah Fraser, Janique Jonhson-Lafleur & Jason Annahatak
5:15 PM, Friday 4 Oct 2019 (30 minutes)
Sherbrooke Pavilion (SH) - SH-3220
Background: A community of practice (CoP) in youth mental health (YMH) and wellness is being implemented in the 14 Inuit communities of Nunavik to provide face-to-face and online activities to workers involved in this field. This CoP’ goal is to bring together people sharing a common practice to learn from one another, support and inspire one another. This initiative wishes to contribute to YMH continuing education adapted to Inuit and non-Inuit service providers, and to promote interprofessional collaboration and support within this group of providers. The CoP’s activities have been designed to build on Inuit knowledge, values and practices, as well as on non-Inuit knowledge. In Nunavik, Inuit and non-Inuit service providers are multilingual. Activities of the CoP will include presentations being held in Inuktitut and English, and group discussions characterized by code switching between Inuktitut, English and French. This framework will allow both the richness of a multilingual environment while also revealing its challenges. The CoP is being evaluated through an implementation research using a critical participatory mixed-methods design. Methods: The presentation will describe the CoP and discuss how the sociocultural and power dynamics environment may frame its implementation with an emphasis on how linguistic factors may come into play. Outcomes: This presentation hopes to inform the audience on how a CoP in YMH and wellness can be imagined in Inuit contexts in ways to support a mutual understanding among CoP members with the goal of ensuring a voice to everyone within this community.