Fictional Case Study

At the beginning of the census project, the Sulingituk Government chose a set of key health and wellness indicators, which included asking respondents about their rates of substance use. The data showed elevated rates of substance use among older adult males. Sulingituk Government wants to report these data to the community, but does not want to reinforce stereotypes that perpetuate racism, or create stigma that disincentivizes people from seeking help.

Therefore, in developing the analysis, interpretation, and reporting on these results, Sulingituk Government:

  • Presents clearly the rates of substance use among all age groups in a factual manner.
  • Describes the broader historical, social, and cultural context surrounding Indigenous peoples and substance use, and ongoing stereotypes in this respect. 
  • Seeks expertise from addiction and substance abuse professionals to ensure that the representation of the data is factual and non-stigmatizing.
  • Includes a description of support services available in the community, and how to access those services.
  • Describes the intention for using these data to tailor programs to the demographics in highest need for those programs.
  • Invites older adult males who use substances to review the draft report, incorporating their views and perspectives prior to releasing the report to the community.

To read the entire Sulingituk Government case study, click here.

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