Program & Level: Political Science & History, Level IV
As a student of history and politics, I see just how valuable it is for the past (and present) to be acknowledged in order to move towards reconciliation. Indigneous communities face deep-rooted, systemic barriers apparent in the healthcare field. Legacies of segregated hospitals, residential schooling, water inequalities, climate crises, and negligence on the part of Canada has had a detrimental influence the health and wellbeing of many Indigenous communities across Turtle Island. I joined IHM last year to help facilitate these conversations, guide discourse productively, and advocate for the community. I am thankful to be part of this experience again, and have learned how to be a better ally as a result. I chose to come back after seeing first-hand just how much of an impact this Conference has had from a learning standpoint. As a settler on the traditional territories of the Haudensaunee and Anishinabe people, I am grateful to have the opportunity to work on this powerful project with such amazing people. Niá:wen!