In this episode, guest speaker Jordan Smith joins us to explore women’s mental health in
indigenous communities, specifically Glooscap First Nation, in Canada. We’ll delve into how culture, history, and systemic barriers such as access and cost have uniquely impacted these communities. Jordan points out the significant gaps in professional training, particularly in understanding the historical context that needs to be addressed. The episode also highlights holistic treatment as a promising avenue for healing, emphasizing its role in addressing trauma and unhealed communities, while also acknowledging the room for improvement in tailoring
services to diverse needs.
Jordan Smith Bio:
Jordan is a proud alumna of Acadia University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Kinesiology in the Class of 2014. Her journey into community development began with the Mi’kmaw Physical Activity Leadership (MPAL) program. Guided by the principle of Two-Eyed Seeing, Jordan has dedicated herself to engaging diverse cultures, building strong relationships, and fostering youth leadership to create thriving Indigenous communities.
Her passion didn’t stop there. She recently served as a Program Officer for the International Internships for Indigenous Youth (IIIY) with the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC). This incredible initiative connects youth with ACIC’s International Partners, including organizations like the Nova Scotia Gambia Association.
Jordan’s commitment to community extends beyond borders. She spent three months living in the Gambia, working closely with the NSGA on initiatives surrounding peer education, women’s health, and community engagement in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals.