The intergenerational trauma and the protective effects of culture in relation to health and wellness among Indigenous populations



When: March 2, 2023
Format: Virtual Zoom

As with other events in the Speaker Series, there will be a main pubic colloquium. Additionally, there will be a smaller event for Indigenous students to meet in a small group with each other and the invited speaker.

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This event is organized by Psychology's Indigenous Reconciliation Committee as part of the Indigenous Scholar Speaker Series, which combines public main colloquia, with a small group meeting for selected Indigenous students. 

We are pleased that the Developmental Psychology Area of the SFU Department of Psychology is joining the SFU Psychology's IRC as a co-sponsor by co-funding the event. We are appreciative of the Develpomenal Psychology area's support in helping make the event possible. 

Abstract for the main colloquium:

The health and wellness of Indigenous peoples continues to be affected by ongoing and intergenerational consequences of colonialism. Our work focuses on identifying the root causes of health and social inequities that exist between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. This presentation will highlight our research program that uses population data and community-research to understand how the Indian Residential school system and other harmful government policies have come to impact health and wellness in Indigenous populations. We will examine the pathways through which the effects of collectively experienced stress and trauma can be passed down across generations, as well as how culture and cultural identity can protect against these negative outcomes and promote wellness. We will also describe how we are using this research to teach Indigenous peoples and non-Indigenous peoples about.

About Dr. Amy Bombay:

Dr. Amy Bombay (PhD) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the School of Nursing at Dalhousie University.

Dr. Amy Bombay is a member of Rainy River First Nations and her primary areas of inquiry have explored the links between intergenerational and contemporary exposure to stress and trauma, cultural identity, and health among Indigenous peoples in Canada. Her research exploring the different pathways by which the effects of Indian Residential Schools are transmitted across generations has been influential in educating the public about the long-term effects of colonialism and in influencing policy and practice related to Indigenous health

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Other Dr. Amy Bombay publications: 

If you are interested in additional resources on topics around Reconciliation/Decolonization/EDI, you may also interested in visiting the SFU Psyc IRC Resources page and links. They are continually being updated: