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Award-winning framework gives a voice to Indigenous youth transitioning out of care –

December 4th, 2023

“A lot of funders, they’ll put certain stipulations about evaluation in funding agreements that are pretty black and white. They’re numbers based and they don’t always capture the full story.” —Kirsty Choquette

Kirsty Choquette has received an award for developing a framework that gives Indigenous children in care in Alberta a voice in the mentoring they receive before they transition out of government care.

The University of Alberta Ph.D. student in the School and Clinical Child Psychology program is “honoured” to have received the Mitacs Award for Inclusive Innovation. But she’s a little saddened too, if not surprised, to have learned that the voices of Indigenous youth have not been heard despite accounting for 74 per cent of youth in care in the province.

“It’s a really unfortunate reality,” said Choquette (Mi’kmaq). “I think that’s the way that our system and, frankly, society has worked for a long time…. They don’t ask us about what we think about that (mentoring) work.”

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