Adrian Salopek

Adrian Salopek

Health Sciences Faculty Liaison

Program & Level: Health sciences Level I

An issue my friends and I often brought up when we spoke amongst ourselves in high school was the seeming lack of attention given to Indigenous issues, both historical and contemporary, in the current high school curriculum. Coming to university was an opportunity for me to be an active learner when it comes to issues that affect the health of individuals in Indigenous communities across Turtle Island and an active un-learner of the mindset that comes with living as a privileged individual on this land. Since joining IHM, I’ve been given the opportunity to learn so much about Indigenous health issues, both from a local point of view and at a national level, especially in the context of the environment and climate change. Indigenous people are consistently excluded from discussions on global warming and the ways in which climate change has an impact on them are too often left unknown from the rest of society. This year’s conference is a chance for all to become active learners, to become aware of how the environment has an impact on the health of Indigenous people and to know where to start to be able to advocate for this community.