Program & Level: Anthropology II
Hello, Aniin, Bozhoo! My name is Justice Ryan, I am Ojibwe-Potawatomi from M’Chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island and was raised in Toronto. I am an Anthropology student here at McMaster and I aspire to become a family physician for rural Canadian Indigenous communities.
For the past couple of years I have not felt grounded in my Indigenous roots or community. After moving to Hamilton from Toronto I felt like I left my heritage and culture behind. So when I heard about the Indigenous Health movement (IHM) I immediately felt compelled to apply. I wanted to re-immerse myself and was looking for a way to create positive change in my community. This year I will be working with IHM as the Graphics and Design executive, bringing a creative touch to all our events and the conference. I am very excited to expand my knowledge base on contemporary Indigenous health issues related to climate change and the environment. My hope is that others will see, learn and take action on the serious environmental health issues plaguing Indigenous peoples and communities. This year we have a panel of amazing activists and educators who will shed light on current problems and possible future solutions to this issue. As fellow Canadians I believe it is our duty, Indigenous or not, to ensure that the first peoples of this country have as healthy lives as possible, without being plagued by their homelands.