Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Program Name/Specialization

Community Psychology


Faculty of Science

First Advisor

Dr. Ciann L Wilson

Advisor Role

Assistant Professor

Second Advisor

Dr. Maritt Kirst

Advisor Role

Assistant Professor

Third Advisor

Dr. Martha Kuwee Kumsa

Advisor Role



This thesis was written in the form of two different, yet similar stand-alone manuscripts. The overall premise of my thesis was the exploration of Indigenous-Black identity – Indigenous to both Turtle Island and the continent of Africa. This introduction to the thesis is to give an overview of my work and the manuscripts, and to provide information that is relevant to the understanding of the thesis that may not necessarily be required for manuscripts that are to be submitted for publication. Manuscript one, titled Indigenous-Black Identity, Mental Health, and Trauma explored, as the title suggests, concepts of Indigenous-Black identity regarding mental health and trauma. Manuscript two, Arts-Based Community Workshops: A Process in Identity Formation, was written as a personal reflection in the use of an arts-based community-based methodology, as it relates to the conceptualization of Indigenous-Black identity.

I wrote these manuscripts from my social location as an Indigenous-Black person, which informs my ontology and epistemology in both historical and contemporary contexts. I do this work in part, because there is little to no acknowledgement of my identity, nor the implications of the historical erasure, vis-à-vis the health care and wellbeing of this population (Khan, Kobayashi, Vang, & Lee, 2017; Mills-Proctor, 2010). This research, nested within the larger Proclaiming Our Roots project, aims to add to the literature regarding Indigenous-Black identity, and is ground-breaking insofar as it is the first in Canada to explore mental health and trauma in Indigenous-Black communities. More in-depth critical analyses regarding this research are explained within the manuscripts.

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