Exploring colonization and mental health from the perspective of a First Nations community in Labrador

Hunt, Sarah Louise (2020) Exploring colonization and mental health from the perspective of a First Nations community in Labrador. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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This thesis utilizes a critical discourse analysis methodology to explore the experiences of members of a First Nations community in Labrador with mental health and addictions care systems. In particular, an understanding of how colonization has impacted the mental health of this community and the ways in which colonization is or is not considered within the treatment provided within mental health and addictions services is explored from the perspective of community members. In addition, the thesis includes a review and guide for white social work researchers to engage in politically-informed research with Indigenous communities in a way that is respectful and ethical. This includes an analysis of the role of academia, the role of research and the role of social work in preserving and reinforcing colonialist ideals, as well as the ways in which research with Indigenous communities may be decolonized in order to be more ethical, respectful, and responsible.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/14568
Item ID: 14568
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 90-101).
Keywords: colonization, decolonizing, anticolonial, neoliberalism, capitalism, mental health, discourse, dispossession, anomie, critical whiteness, critical metal health, Indigenous, First Nations
Department(s): Social Work, School of
Date: October 2020
Date Type: Submission
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): https://doi.org/10.48336/9m0d-ga97
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Innu--Mental health--Newfoundland and Labrador--Labrador; Innu--Colonization--Newfoundland and Labrador--Labrador; Social service--Vocational guidance--Newfoundland and Labrador--Labrador.

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