Indigenous post-secondary students face multiple systemic barriers as they work towards their educational goals, including racism, intergenerational trauma, mental health issues, cultural shock and isolation, and colonial violence. Despite these barriers, they continue to demonstrate resiliency, success, and personal growth if they are supported in spaces that honour their identity as Indigenous peoples. Counsellors have an ethical obligation and are mandated by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Actions to ensure that they are providing culturally safe spaces for Indigenous students. This webinar will focus on perspectives of holistic wellness infused with Indigenous knowledge to support Indigenous student mental health.
Laraine Hale, MSW, (mixed ancestry, Haudensaunee) is an Aboriginal Counselor at Fleming College.
Jamie Warren, M.Ed., RP, CCC (Mushkegowuk Cree) is an Indigenous Student Counsellor at Niagara College.