Our Future: Rooted in Culture, Family, and History

Our children are our future, and their future is rooted in our present and past: our cultures, families, communities, and histories. The resources on this page center on supporting Indigenous students and families navigating intergenerational trauma and suicidal ideation.

  • Abstract: McQuaid et al. found that intergenerational exposure to traumatic historical experiences such as residential schools contributed to increased risk of suicidal ideation across generations. Learn more about their findings.
  • Video: Dr. Emma Elliot-Graves shares several stories related to Indigenous trauma, healing, and relational restoration in this video from Northwest MHTTC. This talk calls for a transformative model of understanding overall wellbeing. Watch her presentation.
  • Guide: Dr. Iris PrettyPaint created this resource on inner resilience and cultural resilience for the Share Our Voices, Hear Our Stories series. Read her definition of cultural resilience.
  • Presentation: Hilary Rose examines the roots and impacts of intergenerational transmission of historical trauma in this presentation. Explore her slides.
  • Presentation: Katie Runyon shares resources for students, families, and educators navigating depression and suicidal ideation. Learn the signs and how to provide support.
  • Website: Dan Nanamkin shares his journey and offers education and support through presentations, videos, and the Young Warrior Society. Explore his website.
  • Resource Sheet: This sheet collects local and national resources for suicide prevention and crisis support. Learn more.


American Indian/Alaska Native Suicide Prevention & Awareness Resources. (n.d.).

McQuaid, R., Bombay, A., McInnis, O., Human, C., Matheson, K., & Anisman, H. (2017). Suicide ideation and attempts among First Nations peoples living on-reserve in Canada: The intergenerational and cumulative effects of Indian residential schools [Abstract]. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 62(6), 422–430. https://www.suicideinfo.ca/resource/suicide-ideation-and-attempts-among-first-nations-peoples-living-on-reserve-in-canada-the-intergenerational-and-cumulative-effects-of-indian-residential-schools/

Nanamkin, D. (2022). Dan Nanamkin. https://www.nanamkin.com/

Northwest MHTTC. (2021, June 22). SMART Center 2021 virtual speaker series with Dr. Emma Elliot-Graves [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPKmN3xFPhg

PrettyPaint, I. (2020, March 7). Honoring our resilience, harnessing wisdom. National Comprehensive Center. https://www.dropbox.com/s/w066t6sfqhs0mbu/ShareOurVoices_HearOur%20Stories-%20Honoring%20Our%20Resilience%20Harnessing%20Wisdom%20HANDOUT_03-17-21%20%28002%29%5B100%5D.pdf?dl=0

Rose, H. A. (n.d.). Epigenetics, or why Indigenous people can’t “just get over it”: A model of the intergenerational transmission of historical trauma [PowerPoint slides]. Concordia University. https://www.ncfr.org/sites/default/files/2018-12/epigeneticsncfr.pdf#:~:text=Residential%20School%20%28IRS%29%20and%20Suicide%20%28McQuaid%20et%20al.%2C,of%20.%20suicide%20attempts.%20compared%20to%20those%20Indigenous

Runyon, K. (n.d.). Depression and suicide: A guild for students and teachers [PowerPoint slides]. Dropbox. https://www.dropbox.com/s/cwfs4whutl50ir5/Depression%20and%20suicide%20by%20Katie%20Wilber%20Runyon%5B57%5D%20%20-%20%20Read-Only.pptx?dl=0

Contact Beth Geiger for more information or to contribute additional resources to this page.

Published March 29, 2022

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