Program & Level: Health Sciences Level IV
Attending the McMaster Indigenous health conference as a delegate in my first year was a huge turning point for me. I realized that a complex history of colonization and marginalization has created gross health disparities for Indigenous communities. As a student interested in the field of global health, it’s important to recognize that health inequality exists right here in Canada. Located 30 minutes from McMaster, people living on the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve do not have access to clean drinking water. As stewards of the land, Indigenous peoples have great respect for the natural world. Moving forward, creating space for Indigenous voices to be heard is crucial as they will be most greatly impacted by climate change. For me, MacIHM is about learning: learning to be a better ally, a better advocate, and learning how to facilitate meaningful conversation. Through education and collaboration, I hope the movement can become a turning point towards reconciliation for others as well.