Aging Technologies for Indigenous Communities in Ontario (ATICON)
The ATICON project was led by Dr. Kristen Jacklin and took place from 2015-2020, working closely with First Nations communities on Manitoulin Island. The ATICON project was part of the AGE-WELL NCE Inc. (Aging Gracefully across Environments to Ensure Well-being, Engagement and Long Life National Centre of Excellence), a five year federally funded initiative with the aim of helping older adults maintain independence, improve quality of life, and enhance social participation through technology. The ATICON project aims to address how older Indigenous adults with dementia can be supported through technology to age in place. Our research focus responds to the growing recognition of inequitable access to health care and supportive technologies experienced by Indigenous peoples and the need for community driven, culturally safe approaches to technology development.
We would like to thank all the individuals and groups who contributed to the creation of this resource. This work could not be completed without our community partners, the members of our Community Advisory Council and all individuals who participated in our focus groups and interviews.
Our community partners include:
Naandwechige-Gamig Wikwemikong Health Centre
Mnaamodzawin Health Services
Noojmowin Teg Health Centre
M’Chigeeng Health Services
Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory
M’Chigeeng First Nation
Sheguiandah First Nation
Sheshegwaning First Nation
Wauwauskinga First Nation
Zhiibaahaasing First Nation
Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation
Funding: This work was supported by AGEWELL NCE (AW CRP 2015-WP1.1b) and the Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team, University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth.
How to Partner with Indigenous Communities and Organizations to Conduct Technology Development Research