My name is Jessica Curran, I was born in Peterborough so going to Trent was a natural progression for meafter enjoying time as a visual artist and six years in the workforce. I completed my Bachelor of Science with Honours in Psychology at Trent University in April of 2013, and am now in my second year as a Graduate, hoping to come away with a Master’s Degree in Psychology. As an Undergraduate student, I took part in the Honours Thesis program. My research focused on homelessness and the organization of drop-in centers geared to low-income populations, with an emphasis on understanding how marginalization affected the success of a bottom-up governance model. My graduate research continues to explore issues surrounding the effects of marginalization on vulnerable populations. The current three-phase study willexplore the attitudesand percepti ons of a population of Southern Ontarians concerning health on Indigenous Reservations in Northern Ontario. The study will compare information gathered from popular text-based news articles (Phase 1) to the opinions of undergraduate students at Trent university (Focus Groups, Phase 2), with the aimof exploring whether the media is a reflection of the dominant perception or whether the media aids in constructing dominant opinion. The final Phase of the study will include a consultation with experts (Aboriginal individuals who have lived-experience), in the form of semi-structured interviews. My overall goal in generating this type of research is to spark conversation and further education with an emphasis on rewriting policyand changing attitudes to develop a collective approach to the management of resources and the inclusion of marginalized populations.