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Soc Sci Med. 2013 Aug;91:210-8. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2013.02.020. Epub 2013 Feb 26.

Right to a healthy city? Examining the relationship between urban space and health inequity by Aboriginal youth artist-activists in Winnipeg.

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School for Resource and Environmental Studies, Dalhousie University, 6100 University Avenue, Suite 5010, PO Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2, Canada.


This paper explores the relationship between place and health inequity as experienced by Aboriginal youth living in Winnipeg, Canada. Between 2010 and 2011, a team of youth (N = 8) associated with a community-based Aboriginal youth arts program undertook a participatory community mapping process in order to link their personal health geographies to their right to the city. The results demonstrated several ways in which place, mobility, and boundaries affected their health experiences and, in turn, reflected their perceptions of health inequity. The study confirms that urban spaces can produce, and are produced by, highly racialized geographies that work to socially isolate, segregate, and immobilize Aboriginal youth while concomitantly increasing their exposure to higher risks to their health and well being.


Arts-based research; Canada; Health inequity; Participatory community mapping; Right to health; Right to the city; Urban; Youth

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