Cannabis in our Communities
The first phase of the Cannabis in our Communities Project is now complete! Scroll down to see what we did in Phase 1!
Cannabis in Our Communities: A Focus on youth and maternal health and well-being.
With the Cannabis in Our Communities project, Pauktuutit is responding to Inuit need for accurate, useful, and relatable information about cannabis and its use. Given the recent legalization, assumptions may be made about the health and safety of cannabis, it is essential to have the facts to make informed decisions about cannabis use. Scientists do not yet know all the effects (good, bad or otherwise) that cannabis has on our mind and body. However, we do know that using cannabis during youth and pregnancy can be risky, as it can interfere with the normal development of our brains and babies.
The overall goal of the Cannabis in Our Communities project is to reduce the possible harms associated with cannabis by informing Inuit of them, thereby promoting Inuit youth and maternal health.
We will use a holistic, gender and trauma-informed, strength-based approach, characteristic of Inuit to complete this research project. The focus will be on increasing awareness, reducing stigma, and harm reduction, rather than abstinence.
We have engaged with expecting or young Inuit parents and youth through focus groups, online surveys and interviews across Inuit Nunangat and urban centres. We have gathered some knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours regarding cannabis. This has helped us find out what gaps in knowledge and resources Pauktuutit can help fill while building on best practices already taking place.
We are creating resources addressing these needs and gaps and will share the information and resources we create with individuals and service providers across Inuit Nunangat to equip and empower Inuit to make healthy and informed decisions about cannabis use.
Finally, we will revisit communities and urban centres engaging with individuals to see if and how views, beliefs and habits around cannabis have changed and how we can continue to support Inuit around cannabis.
By determining what strategies work for Inuit in different age groups and settings, these strategies can be improved and applied to promote youth and maternal health outcomes regarding cannabis use.
What we accomplished in the first phase
Download Discussion Starters (PDF)
Stay tuned for upcoming resources and tools to support your knowledge and decision making around safe cannabis use.