This invisibility of Aboriginal children’s pain and hurt, and the long-term impact of the subsequent lack of treatment, means we need to find alternate ways for these children to express their hurt.
We know from our early research that Western methods of pain assessment may not always be appropriate for Aboriginal children. In our research, se sought other, more culturally-safe ways for these children to express themselves.
The first step to improving the pain care for Aboriginal children and youth is to acknowledge that ways of expressing pain may be different, therefore ways of assessing and interpreting pain may need to be different as well.
Research participants described their pain and hurt through art and storytelling, preserving the right oral traditions of First Nations People. These sessions became a critical way for us to collect stories and hear first-hand how these experiences impacted them. This section of our website provides highlights of the stories we gathered.