Social Capital as a Health Determinant in First Nations: An Exploratory Study in Three Communities
Javier Mignone, PhD Centre for Aboriginal Health Research Department of Community Health Sciences University of Manitoba
John O’Neil, PhD Centre for Aboriginal Health Research Department of Community Health Sciences University of Manitoba
Abstract The study examined the concept of social capital in First Nations communities. Its two main goals were to clearly define social capital and to create culturally-appropriate methods for measuring it in First Nations communities. The research was conducted with the participation of three First Nations communities in Manitoba. After offering a brief summary of the findings of the study, the paper discusses social capital as a determinant of health in First Nations communities and possible research and policy implications.