Program & Level: Health Sciences, Level III
I had lots of learning to do. I had been in the dark for too many years when it came to Indigenous issues and I only started to truly understand what this learning should look like after I attended last year’s Indigenous Health Conference. However, while ignorance is one issue, complacency is another. So when September arrived, I applied to join the IHM team to become a more active learner and advocate. Since joining, I have grown to appreciate not only the marginalization and oppression that Indigenous people have endured, but also their strength and ways of knowing. Such topics are especially relevant when it comes to environmental stewardship and health. Indigenous people are the epitome of environmental stewardship, yet their deep connections with the land make them the ones who experience the harsh effects of climate change the most. Unfortunately, the exclusion of Indigenous people from the climate change discussion has only exacerbated the problem. Through the IHM, I hope to continue learning, and see others learn, from Indigenous voices as they share their knowledge and rightfully lead the way to a more sustainable future.