The following resources are not an exclusive list but rather a selection of resources to help you to learn more about how to respect and honour Indigenous ways of knowing and Indigenous approaches to wellness & healing.
These educational resources were vetted and are provided to the benefit of Albertan psychologists in practice, psychologists in training, and those considering the field of psychology, especially our future Indigenous psychologists.
We recognize and acknowledge the need for pathways to increase our honour and respect for Indigenous knowledge and Indigenous approaches to wellness and healing in psychology. As the late Elder George Bretton said, “it is our job to learn, not the client’s job to teach.” Resources such as these help each of us to learn more, acknowledge our implicit cultural biases, and increase the effectiveness of the work we do. “Psychologists in practice should consider experiential on-land experiences and reaching out to ….gain cultural literacy. Members of the profession should be cognizant of the possibility of overburdening communities in their requests (CPA, 2018).” There are resources and teachers within First Nations and Metis Communities as well as in urban settings such as Friendship Centres. Also, some communities have cultural centres and Elders groups available as resources.
Online training or in-person approaches may be used for Indigenous cultural literacy for psychologists. Psychologists in practice should consider experiential on-land experiences and reaching out to Friendship Centres and Indigenous treatment centres to gain cultural literacy. Members of the profession should be cognizant of the possibility of overburdening communities in their requests (CPA, 2018).
Want to learn more? There are educational resources to make your learning journey easier. These, presented here, are provided to the benefit of:
Members wishing to access this service should contact the PAA office:
Phone: (780) 424-0294
Toll-Free: +1 (888) 424-0297
Read more about Truth & Reconciliation here.
We acknowledge the need to reduce barriers for Indigenous students in studying psychology and for all future psychologists to respect and honour Indigenous ways of knowing and Indigenous approaches to wellness and healing.
Much Indigenous healing knowledge is contained within the language and linguistic concepts that are already in jeopardy of being lost. Indigenous psychology and approaches to health and mental health are intimately related to Indigenous culture, including the importance of preserving language and recording the linguistic knowledge of Elders and healers. The Canadian Psychological Association’s (2018) national task force recommends that the profession of psychology advocate for educational initiatives devoted to the preservation of Indigenous languages.
Undergraduate psychology students should have access to a course on Indigenous cultural literacy. Indigenous cultural literacy courses should be separate from cultural diversity courses as these are two entirely separate realms of knowledge. The CPA (2018) suggests that:
The focus of the Indigenous cultural literacy course should be on the impacts of colonial history, including Canada’s longstanding policies toward Indigenous Peoples, the residential school system and inter-generational trauma, the understanding that we are guests on Indigenous territory and therefore have an additional responsibility to respect those ways of knowing, a survey of Indigenous knowledge, Indigenous psychology, and cultural allyship.
Below is a map of resources broken out by Northeast, Northwest, Edmonton, Calgary, and Southern sections of Alberta
Hold your mouse cursor or click on the picture of Alberta to see the resources below
University Of Alberta • Indigenous Canada
Indigenous Canada is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada.
From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous Peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations.
Athabasca University • Nukskahtowin Meeting Place
“The Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge and Research would like to welcome you to our virtual home on the web. We are a Centre that exists within Athabasca University to address and achieve the following goals:
1. Meet the academic needs of Indigenous students, scholars, nations, communities, institutions, and organizations
2. Improve the development and delivery of Indigenous Education at Athabasca University
3. Strengthen the research undertaken for, by, and about First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people at Athabasca University
4. Acknowledge and develop the role of traditional knowledge in academic settings
5. Support, protect, and preserve Indigenous knowledge, education, and oral traditions”
Resources about Indigenous Peoples and Distance Education are available through Athabasca University.
By following this link and creating an account, you can get access to stories told by Elders, like movies. The bannock you will have to bake yourself.
Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge and Research: Athabasca University provides links to hundreds of sources on law, government, and other topics related to Indigenous people.
Beyond 94: Truth and Reconciliation in Canada: Beyond 94 is an overview of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in Canada, which was formed as a means of reckoning with the devastating legacy of forced assimilation and abuse left by the residential school system. This interactive site measures the progress of the TRC Final Report’s 94 Calls to Action that are meant to guide the road to reconciliation.
Native Memory Project: Lays out cultural narratives, histories, and traditions, as told by Indigenous communities, which are often meant to be passed down from one generation to the next either in formal educational settings or informally through close or extended family and community ties.
Kainai Iinnii Rematriation Project: https://youtu.be/ty3nG9fLRfo
Aohkiiyi – Cultural Connection to Water by Kainai First Nation: https://youtu.be/CGgrd7z9aak
Four Seasons of Reconciliations – free course offered by RBC: https://www.reconciliationeducation.ca/rbc
Attend museums and living museums. Examples include:
Consider booking a private tour to learn more.
Consider planning travel to coincide with learning. Examples are available at:
Do self-study with Alberta-based resources such as: