Josha Rafael

  • December 6, 2018
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Program & Level: Arts & Science Level IV

Tanisih! I am a nehiyaw iskwew with family ties to Saddle Lake Cree Nation. I attended my first Indigenous Health Conference in my first year of university, and remember being in awe of not only the inspiring and powerful speakers, but the incredible IHM executive team. I feel honoured and grateful to be a part of this team this year. The theme of the third day of the conference – environmental health and climate change – is a particularly important topic, as our culture and knowledge systems are deeply rooted in the land and environment, and Indigenous people continue to be disproportionately affected by the global climate crisis. The conference is a moment that we will share together, but it is up to all of us as a collective to come away from that moment and continue the movement of education, awareness, and advocacy on behalf of Indigenous peoples.