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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. 

Searching and Terminology

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/Community

(e.g. Potlotek)

Indigenous place names

(e.g. Mi'kma'ki)


"Two-Eyed Seeing" "Trauma-informed"
"Intergenerational Trauma" "Child welfare"
"Holistic healing" "Restorative Justice"
  • Use quotation marks when searching phrases (e.g. "Intergenerational Trauma")
  • 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 European perspective. For this reason you may need to use outdated (sometimes offensive) terminology to find resources; do not hesitate to contact me for assistance navigating this.

Request an Item

To place a hold or request on a book or other physical item in the library: 

  1. Sign into "My Library Account"
  2. Search Novanet
  3. Under "Get It," click on "Request" 
  4. Choose a "Pick Up Location" and, if applicable, the date the item is "Not Needed After."
  5. Click on "Send Request"

Note: If Cape Breton University's Library doesn't have the item, it is possible to request material via Interlibrary Loan

School of Arts and Social Sciences Librarian

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Martin Chandler