2018-2019 Glassco Fellow, Ashley Carvill discusses her paper, Turning to Traditional Processes for Supporting Mental Health, which investigates how Indigenous values and practices can have a positive impact on individual and community mental health and wellbeing.
Ashley Carvill was born into a family of leaders within the Carcross/Tagish First Nation (C/TFN). Her training in traditional Indigenous values came at the knee of her paternal great-grandmother, T’sint. As a young woman, Ashley put her focus on working with families. She has worked her way up C/TFN’s Health and Wellness Department starting as Office Coordinator to Family Program Manager and has made a shift in her career path and is currently in the Governance department working as Implementation Administrator. This brought her closer to the very real issues that inhibit her Nation from progressing. She was instrumental in helping shape the Family Council, a body established to effectively manage family matters that come before justice or social service institutions.