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Kristi Thompson

Lecture to offer insights into physical cultural practices of Canadian aboriginal peoples

Most research discussing ways to improve physical fitness in targeted groups starts from what might be termed a “deficit” perspective: studying the problems and challenges faced by the group, and looking at how to target and ameliorate these deficits.

A “strengths” approach starts instead from the assumption that all groups and individuals have certain strengths, and looks at ways individuals assisting the group can work with them to further develop those strengths.