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Indigenous People’s Psychology

Searching Tips and Resources


A few keywords that can be useful for your searches are:

Indigenous Aboriginal "First Nation" Inuit Métis
"Indigenous Peoples of North America" Native Indian Name of Nation or Community (e.g. Potlotek) Indigenous place names (e.g. Mi'kma'ki)


"Two-Eyed Seeing" "L'nu Healing"
"Traditional Indigenous Healing" "Women's Ceremonies"
"Eurocentric Healing" "Traditional Knowledge"
  • Use quotation marks when searching phrases (e.g. "Traditional Knowledge")
  • Use a question mark to search for words with the same stem (e.g. Methods? retrieves Method, Methods, Methodology, Methological, etc.)
  • While using the CBU library and other search engines, the dominant structure for organizing information is from a western perspective. For this reason you may need to use outdated (sometimes offensive) terminology to find resources; do not hesitate to contact your librarian for assistance navigating this.

Indigenous Mental Health Series


This video is an introductory video in our Indigenous Mental Health series, as voiced by Jasmine Peterson, a Psychological Associate at Sullivan + Associates Clinical Psychology, and a woman of Indigenous descent. It explores some of the root causes of the pervasive mental health concerns in Indigenous populations and communities. Specifically, there is discussion about intergenerational trauma and the impacts of colonial contact and colonization on the First Peoples of Turtle Island. Many of the issues Indigenous people face today are a direct result of these early experiences – experiences that might not be their own but those of their ancestors.

Sullivan + Associates Clinical Psychology, (2020, November 5). The Impact of Intergenerational Trauma [Video]. YouTube.