About the Session:
Spaces & Places is a participatory visual methods study that explores what spaces are available to Indigenous youth that establish a sense of community and cultural connection when facing risks. Our hope is to expand on the knowledge base of young people’s engagement with their culture and to provide communities with practical information on how they can support positive life outcomes for youth. The project was designed to meet both community and academic goals.
Jenny Reich is a research assistant on the ACCESS Open Minds national research project working with Eskasoni Mental Health Services in Eskasoni, Nova Scotia. She is currently working on an MA in Social Anthropology at Dalhousie University with a focus on critical health studies. She was the project manager on the Spaces & Places Eskasoni study.
Mallery Denny is Mi’kmaq from the Eskasoni First Nation, and is currently employed at Eskasoni Mental Health Services (EMHS) as a Youth Support Worker. She has also been involved with a wide range of research collaborations between EMHS and academic researchers, including Spaces & Places Eskasoni. She recently completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Cape Breton University and is working towards completing her Bachelor of Social Work at St. Thomas University.
Linda Liebenberg, PhD., is a researcher focused on youth with complex needs. Her work explores the promotion of positive youth development and mental health as well as how best to conduct research with children and their communities, including participatory image-based methods; longitudinal quantitative designs; and the design of measurement instruments. As participants of the S&P, Eskasoni projuect, we are eight youth: three of us are young women (aged17-18 at the time of the study), and five young men (aged 14-15)