Michaela McGuire - Jaad Gudgihljiwah

Michaela McGuire (Jaad Gudgihljiwah) is a PhD Student in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University. She is of the G̲aag'yals K̲iiG̲awaay clan, and a citizen of the Haida Nation. Her Ph.D. research focuses on the interrelation between belonging/identity and Haida Tll Yahda/justice. Her research interests include Haida justice, racism against Indigenous peoples, decolonization, resurgence and reclamation, Haida Identity, Indigenous rights and self-determination, self-governance, Indigenous women and corrections.

Haida Gwaii Forest Image by Cory Schadt

Let’s Talk about Indigenous Mental Health: Trauma, Suicide & Settler Colonialism

ON A DAY designated for talking about mental health, let’s talk about the mental health crisis Indigenous people face resulting from colonialism. While the term itself has been adopted by federal officials, it often seems an effort to manipulate meaning. When “colonialism” or even “genocide” are interpreted in abstract and sanitized ways, it becomes easy …

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