Hub Tool: An Indigenous Inclusion Lens for Mental Health Promotion

Author: Absolon, K. (2021)

Absolon, K. (September 2021). An Indigenous Inclusion Lens for Mental Health Promotion. Waterloo, Ontario: Knowledge Development and Exchange Hub, Renison University College, University of Waterloo.


This tool starts with an overview of an Indigenous inclusion lens, with an emphasis on its wholistic approach. The tool then offers suggestions for how to use the lens and a quick competency quiz as an informal self-assessment. The main tool follows, which is a set of guiding questions for the four inter-dependent elements of spirit, heart, mental and physical. References and a few additional resources complete the tool.

Potential use

By individuals and teams who are seeking to advance mental health promotion in Canada that is sensitive to the cultural contexts, histories, experiences and needs of Indigenous communities (urban and rural). The goal of this tool is to foster conversations, planning and actions toward inclusion of Indigenous voices and knowledge in ways that are respectful and culturally appropriate.

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