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Emma Elliott-Groves, PhD, MSW (Cowichan)

Emma Elliott received a PhD in the College of Education, Learning Sciences and Human Development program. Committed to practice, she is also pursuing a Master of Social Work. Her dissertation, “Embracing the Sacredness of Life: Understanding Suicide in a First Nations Community,” coordinates future selves literature with settler colonial theory in a study aimed at understanding the explanations and meanings of suicide in one Indigenous community. Her areas of research interest include: Indigenous adolescent suicide, adolescent development, life course narratives, and possible or future selves. Her work includes identifying traditional healing practices of Indigenous peoples and blending them with best social work practices in order to expand Indigenous possible futures, for self and for the collective.