Indigenous Youth in Ontario School-Based Health and Physical Education Programs: A Scoping Review



This paper documents one step in the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association’s evidence-informed response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. This step entailed a scoping review to chart the English-language peer-reviewed empirical literature published between 2000-2020 related to Indigenous children and youth and Indigenous traditions, cultures, and perspectives in Ontario health and physical education (HPE) and school-based physical activity and health programming. Searches of targeted academic databases, journals, and article reference lists identified seven relevant articles. Charting of these articles revealed an emphasis on school-based physical health programs/interventions for elementary-aged Indigenous children in primarily remote Northern communities. Charting also revealed a paucity of, and considerable need for, research related to: the HPE context, particularly at the secondary school level; a diversity of Indigenous populations in a diversity of locations within Ontario; and Indigenous traditions, cultures, and perspectives in HPE and school-based physical activity and health programming. 

Keywords: Indigenous; Scoping Review; Health and Physical Education; Ontario 


Author Biography

Jenna R Lorusso, University of Limerick / University at Albany, SUNY

Jenna R Lorusso is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences at the University of Limerick and Department of Educational Policy and Leadership at the University at Albany, SUNY. 






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