This booklet offers an opportunity to consider the many ways in which Elders advise, support, and lift up students, as well as faculty and staff. From sharing and teaching in the classroom and on the land to providing advice, building connections, and providing a safer space for students, Elders play a fundamental role in student mental health and wellness.
Below are more resources on working with Elders, supporting students’ mental health and wellness, and indigenizing post-secondary institutions.
For more information on working with Elders, see
For an Indigenous mental health and wellness model, see
Additional BCcampus Mental Health and Wellness resources with a decolonized perspective include:
- Starting a Conversation About Mental Health and Wellness: Foundational Training for Students (Facilitator’s guide for use with students)
- Starting a Conversation About Suicide: Foundational Training for Students (Facilitator’s guide for use with students)
- Capacity to Connect: Supporting Students’ Mental Health and Wellness (Facilitator’s guide for use with faculty and staff)
- Let’s Talk About Suicide: Raising Awareness and Supporting Students (Facilitator’s guide for use with faculty and staff)
Additional BCcampus resources on the Indigenization of post-secondary institutions include:
- Pulling Together: Foundations Guide, A Guide for Indigenization of Post-Secondary Institutions
- Pulling Together: A Guide for Curriculum Developers
- Pulling Together: A Guide for Teachers and Instructors
- Pulling Together: A Guide for Front-Line Staff, Student Services, and Advisors
- Pulling Together: A Guide for Leaders and Administrators
- Pulling Together: A Guide for Researchers
The Canadian National Standard for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary is available at National Standard for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students.
See clauses 5.4.6 (Mental health supports), 126.96.36.199 (Performance evaluation), and 188.8.131.52 (Supportive, safe, and inclusive post-secondary environment) for information on equity, cultural inclusivity, sense of belonging, and Elders.