Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos, Registered Psychologist and Assistant Professor in Indigenous Health and Social Policy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.
Manitou2Manido: Mental health and healing with Indigenous queer, trans and Two Spirit young people
Indigenous queer, trans and two-spirit young people face significant social and health inequities in Canada, which are substantively shaped by the history and contemporary manifestations of colonialism. To date, there remains little research on Indigenous queer, trans and Two Spirit young people and their mental health, as well as research aimed at enhancing their experience of mental health services. In this presentation, Jeffrey Ansloos will present findings from several qualitative research studies engaged with queer, trans and two-spirit young people focused on supporting mental health. These studies introduce vital frameworks emerging from Queer and Trans Indigenous studies as key to understanding the connections between experiences of colonization, processes of identity development, and spirituality in supporting the mental health of Indigenous queer, trans, and two-spirit young people. The presentation will also consider ways of enhancing trauma-informed care and cultural safety in the context of mental health service provision with Indigenous queer, trans and Two Spirit young people.
Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos is a Registered Psychologist and Assistant Professor in Indigenous Health and Social Policy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. He also serves as the current faculty chair of the Indigenous Education Network, an educational forum which for over 30 years, has convened public scholarship, organized progressive social action and promoted positive change for Indigenous communities across Canada and internationally. In 2019, Dr. Ansloos was awarded a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Critical Studies in Indigenous Health and Social Action on Suicide through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
Dr. Ansloos’ research focuses on Indigenous health, social policy, and in particular suicide and suicide prevention. He also examines community-based and systems-level change processes needed to advance social and health equity within Canada, with a particular focus on Indigenous rights. Dr. Ansloos also researches the role of emergent technologies at the intersection of community mobilization and social change.
Dr. Ansloos is a fellow of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, which promotes intercultural dialogue and transnational cooperation in the areas of education, youth, migration, and media. He is also a fellow of the Broadbent Institute, Canada’s leading progressive political institute championing change through the promotion of democracy, equality, and sustainability and education. Dr. Ansloos serves on a number of non-profit and community boards, and is a policy advisor with various branches of federal, provincial, and territorial governments, as well as First Nations governments.
Dr. Ansloos is Nehiyaw (Cree) and English, and is a member of Fisher River Cree Nation (Ochekwi-Sipi; Treaty 5). He grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba (Treaty 1), and currently resides in Toronto (Tkaranto).
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