Program & Level: Arts & Science Level III
Before coming to McMaster, I was unfamiliar with the histories and cultures of Indigenous people on Turtle Island. I am deeply grateful for the courses, people, and places that have challenged my settler assumptions and introduced me to these ways of life over the past few years. This past summer, a visit to an Indigenous urban healing camp up North demonstrated the necessity of the creation of spaces for restoration and wellness by Indigeous leaders to me, and I joined the IHM to engage with these principles in our local context. By facilitating a space for listening to Indigenous perspectives on health, climate change, and the environment, IHM engages leaders to teach us knowledge that deserves to be heard. This year, the conference aligns our responsibility to a changing earth with a consideration of the land where we live. This is an incredible opportunity to become more informed about the courageous response of Indigenous peoples to systematic challenges to their well-being, as well as to understand the responsibility we have as individuals to advocate for justice and flourishing for all residents of Turtle Island.