intergenerational trauma and the protective effects of culture in relation to Mental Health among Indigenous populations


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Bombay, Amy. (2023, March 2). Intergenerational trauma and the protective effects of culture in relation to mental health among Indigenous populations - SFU Psychology Indigenous Reconciliation Committee: Invited Scholar Colloquium, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.

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When: March 2, 2023
Format: Virtual Zoom

As with other events in the Indigenous Scholar Speaker Series, there was 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 immediately after the public colloquium.

Opening was provided by Elder Marie Hooper.

This event was 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 joined the SFU Psychology's IRC as a co-sponsor by co-funding this pair of events. We are appreciative of the Developmental Psychology area's support in helping make the events possible. 

The events were offered free to attendees. If you would like to make a donation in appreciation, you may wish to consider some of the following options:
- the First Nation Children and Family Caring Society, visit:
- the Indian Residential School Survivors Society, visit:
Indspire, visit:

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. 

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: 

Other Readings

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