The Ancestors and Dr. Google: Indigenous Youth Mental Health and Wellness

Indigenous youth are resourceful in addressing their stress and mental health needs. How relevant is the term mental health to Indigenous youth? To other generations? Which elements do Indigenous youth identify as essential and how are they accessing supports? Exploring these questions, their relevance for schools, and mental health and wellness for Indigenous youth, in general, will help contextualize communities and our relationship to them as clinicians. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action (2015) and the CPA/ PFC Response (2018) provide some framework for the discussion.


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  • Melanie Nelson

    Ms. Nelson is Samahquam (St’at’imc Nation) and Squiala (Stó:ō Nation) maternally, and French Canadian and Danish on her father’s side. She has experience teaching students K-12 and adults in Inclusive Education and Indigenous Education, and practicing as a clinician in public schools, post-secondary clinic and centre for accessibility, not-for-profit, and private work. She has experience working with First Nations communities in BC both as an educator and a clinician and is currently completing her doctoral dissertation in collaboration with a First Nations group on the southwest coast. Elder Gerry Oleman (St’at’imc Nation) has been Eldering for her since 2017 and she is also completing her doctoral studies in the UBC School and Applied Child Psychology program. Her Master of Arts thesis explored the experience of Indigenous parents with the assessment process, given that disability does not exist in traditional thought, and the results are shared with educators and clinicians as we collectively shift our thinking to include more than one worldview.