Narrating Aboriginality On-Line: Digital Storytelling, Identity and Healing

Naomi Adelson, Michelle Olding


Digital story-telling is a counter-narrative of healing for many indigenous youth in Canada today.  As much as e-health technologies are valuable and empowering an interventionist presumption limits the potential value of digital communication as a healing resource. With examples from three digital story-telling sites, we explore the internet as both a social space and therapeutic tool where indigenous youth  are constructing and negotiating Aboriginality through online story sharing. Those digital stories, like other narrative forms, are part of a larger complex of contemporary forms of healing.


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The Journal of Community Informatics. ISSN: 1712-4441