Program & Level: Arts & Science, Level III
Indigenous conversations are only recently starting to become more mainstream in the university space, and the Indigenous Health Movement has been a big part of that here at Mac. I have loved attending the past two conferences hosted by this club and I am so excited to be involved this year as we explore issues of climate change and environmental health. Indigenous communities have long held solutions to environmental problems, through traditional ecological knowledge and sustainable land stewardship practices. The opportunity to be in a space that prioritizes these voices is a special one, because in our current climate crisis it is often non-Indigenous celebrities and activists who gain the widespread media attention. As a recent immigrant and settler on Turtle Island, I feel it is my responsibility to always learn from the original caretakers of the land and to help bring Indigenous perspectives, practices and issues continually to the forefront of every discussion, especially those regarding the environment.