Pathways to Wellness

conversation • connection • commitment

Community belonging

Community belonging is the attachment  people feel towards their community and the extent to which people are actively involved in community life. Connection to community is stronger in Yukon than in many other parts of Canada. About 62% of Canadians, but 71% of Yukoners, experience a strong or very strong sense of belonging to their community. In Yukon, rural residents are more connected to their community than are people in Whitehorse.

In general, a stronger sense of community is associated with better physical and mental health. But we know that in many areas, the health of Yukoners is poorer than the health of other Canadians. Similarly the health of rural residents is poorer than those of people living in Whitehorse. So, what’s going on?  Other factors must be at play which mask or overshadow the health-promoting influence of community belonging. 

Read more about the wellness gap in Yukon.

Factors such as limited educational and employment opportunities, a high percentage of single parents, the legacy of Indian Residential School, and other factors may contribute to our poorer health. 

On a positive note, our greater sense of community belonging may be a “hidden resource” that we can tap into in order to take action on a community level. By building on our strengths, we can improve our health and well-being.

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