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Indigeneity: Critical Implications of Indigenous Identity on Indigenous Child and Youth Mental Health

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Indigeneity can be defined as the process of identifying as an Indigenous person. The word “process” is purposely employed to denote a multifaceted and complex means of navigating the world that is dependent on a variety of factors, including nation affiliation, legal status, and cultural connection. A person does not merely become Indigenous or develop an Indigenous identity through individual self-proclamation in endorsing an ancient relative (Leroux 2019). Instead, indigeneity is an accumulation of experiences that foster the growth and knowledge of Indigenous teachings, practices, territorial histories, and contemporary land-based relationships. These experiences then come to form and be a part of the identity of an Indigenous person. Influencing their actions, thought processes, and beliefs through the construction of an Indigenous worldview that continually engages with theories of Indigenous history, culture, spirit, and land. As such, the identity formation process...

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  • Indigeneity
  • Identity
  • Indigenous children
  • Indigenous youth
  • Mental health
  • Wholistic health

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Peltier, S., Ansloos, J. (2021). Indigeneity: Critical Implications of Indigenous Identity on Indigenous Child and Youth Mental Health. In: Lester, J.N., O'Reilly, M. (eds) The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Critical Perspectives on Mental Health. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-12852-4_27-2

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    Indigeneity: Critical Implications of Indigenous Identity on Indigenous Child and Youth Mental Health
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    DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-12852-4_27-2

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    Indigeneity: Critical Implications of Indigenous Identity on Indigenous Child and Youth Mental Health
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