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Everyday Violence in the Lives of Youth

Speaking Out and Pushing Back


Though interpersonal violence is widely studied, much less has been done to understand structural violence, the often-invisible patterns of inequality that reproduce social relations of exclusion and marginalization through ideologies, policies, stigmas, and discourses attendant to gender, race, class, and other markers of social identity. Structural violence normalizes experiences like poverty, ableism, sexual harassment, racism, and colonialism, and erases their social and political origins. The legal structures that provide impunity for those who exploit youth are also part of structural violence’s machinery.

Working with Indigenous, queer, immigrant and homeless youth across Canada, this five-year Youth-based Participatory Action Research project used art to explore the many ways that structural violence harms youth, destroying hope, optimism, a sense of belonging and a connection to civil society. However, recognizing that youth are not merely victims, Everyday Violence in the Lives of Youth also examines the various ways youth respond to and resist this violence to preserve their dignity, well-being and inclusion in society.


Helene Berman

Helene Berman, RN, PhD, is a distinguished university professor emerita at the University of Western Ontario and a fellow in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Her program of research, funded by grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (cihr), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (sshrc) and Status of Women Canada, has focused on the subtle and explicit forms of violence in the lives of girls and young women. In recent years, she has extended that work to include boys and young men. With a lengthy history of community-based research, Dr. Berman played a lead role in the establishment of the Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion and serves as the Centre’s founding academic director.

Catherine Richardson/Kinewesquao

Catherine Richardson/Kinewesquao is a Métis counsellor specializing in violence prevention and recovery. She lives on the territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation and is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Montreal. Dr. Richardson is a co-founder of the Centre for Response-Based Practice. Her recent research projects relate to violence prevention with Indigenous youth, women and families. She is the author of Belonging Métis and co-editor of Calling Our Families Home: Métis Experiences with Child Welfare and Failure to Protect: Moving Beyond Gendered Responses. Her work has influenced the development of dignity-driven practice in the Child and Family Services of New South Wales, Australia. She is involved in Indigenous community projects and was twice a delegate to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. She is co-authoring a forthcoming book related to Métis social policy.

Kate Elliot

Kate Elliott, bsn, mph, md, is a member of the Métis Nation of Greater Victoria. She has a passion for Indigenous youth engagement and traditional beadwork. Elliott possesses an undergraduate degree in nursing and a master’s in public health and social policy from the University of Victoria. Elliott is completing her residency in Indigenous Family Medicine at the University of British Columbia.

Eugenia Canas

Eugenia Canas, PhD, uses participatory and ethnographic approaches to understand how youth perspectives affect the delivery of health services. She is a founding member of the Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion (crhesi), which is dedicated to knowledge generation and translation through partnerships between academia and community organizations. Canas served as National Youth Advisory Board co-coordinator in the Voices against Violence project from 2011 to 2017 and is a post-doctoral associate with the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario.

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Topics in this chapter include: Finding a comprehensive definition for everyday violence, an analysis of the pervasiveness of cultural violence, how to do research in partnership with youth and … ; ; ; 18 $1.80


Topics in this chapter include: A contemplation of youth-centered violence in an adult-centered world, developing complex awareness, voice, and identity, a discussion of the National Youth … ; ; ; 17 $1.70


Topics in this chapter include: a discussion of adverse outcomes of youth aging out of care, with sections focussing specifically on the experiences of Indigenous, LGBTQ2S+, Immigrant, and … ; 20 $2.00


Topics in this chapter include: Situating Muslim and Indigenous youth in the media landscape. This chapter includes stories from both Muslim and Indigenous young people regarding their portrayal … 32 $3.20


This chapter begins by providing historical context. The authors go on to discuss structural violence today, the experience of working with Metis youth and what they learned from the experience. ; ; 19 $1.90


Topics in this chapter include a discussion of issues in the current justice system with regard to how homeless youth are treated, as well as the harms that come from working with an aim of … ; 17 $1.70


Topics in this chapter include: a discussion of known challenges facing newcomer youth, case studies of YPAR programs in 4 provinces, an analysis of these programs’ key finding and a list … ; 21 $2.10


Topics in this chapter include the authors’ experiences of challenging structural violence through art while working with trans youth, as wel as policy recommendations and ideas for future … ; 18 $1.80


Topics in this chapter include a discussion from the author followed by a scan of the author’s zine. 19 $1.90


Topics in this chapter include various methods of evaluating the effectiveness of y-PAR as aq health promotion strategy 18 $1.80


Topics in this chapter include a reassessing of the questions asked at the beginning of the book and further questions and avenues for growth in the future. ; ; 20 $2.00