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"For as long as I can remember, I have always had the desire to help others. However, being a young Indigenous scholar and former child-in-care, I have had to face innumerable systemic barriers and address extensive intergenerational trauma to come to the place I am today. Although I have always had an innate ability to understand myself, my healing journey is really what catapulted me into the world of psychology in order to further understand human thought, emotion, and behaviour. These life experiences have made me passionate in learning about the mind and how people develop and evolve across their lifespan.

What I have loved the most during my last two years at SFU are the connections that I have made with other like-minded students and faculty. Words cannot express how deeply grateful I am for having met such wonderful people to share a part of my life with. These relationships would not have been possible had I not engaged in the various social and volunteer opportunities that go beyond the academic setting. Therefore, I highly recommend that students check their department emails or the “Get Involved” student website to find out about available programs and opportunities."

Candara Bruyere is an undergraduate student of psychology whose interests include developmental psychology with a focus on child and adolescent development. Candara is Cree from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan and Anishinaabe from Sagkeeng Nation from Winnipeg. Her hope is to one day apply her education and draw on personal experience to help disenfranchised Indigenous children within the Child Welfare system. Currently, Candara is also the undergraduate representative for the Indigenous Reconciliation Committee for the Psychology Department.


This post was originally posted on the SFU Psychology Instagram on January 20, 2021. 

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