Resilience in Action
Resilience in American Indian Communities
How it works:
By practicing the traditional culture, you and your community are showing resilience. Through the decades of American Indian oppression, American Indians have not lost the path that their traditional deities laid out for them. By remembering history and using those experiences to plan for the future we will work towards equity for all American Indians. We would be able to make changes that we dreamed of, we could get the uranium mines cleaned, reduced STIs, increase education, etc.
Steps to Build a Resilient Community/Atmosphere (Creating Resilient Communities Workbook, 2015)
- Place based: Living in the same community, share attachment to community
- Interest based: Sharing same passions, hobbies, identities, faith, jobs, etc.
- Virtual based: Similar to interest based but it’s online through social media.
- Example: Wellness Mapping (Hardy et al., 2014)
- Inventory of community assets
- Types: People, physical, institutions, organizations, economic
- Envisioned by all members of the community
- What is possible
- What is valued
- What is wanted
- Identify positive/negative factors in the community using SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats)
- Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely [SMART] Goals
- Toolkit for Community-engaged Wellness Mapping (Hardy et al., 2014).