June 20, 2022
Harm is Not Historical
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This thought-provoking virtual panel featured discussion surrounding Indigenous resilience, strength, and self-determination in health care, resource extraction, mining, and the environment.
Professor Colleen Varcoe, UBC School of Nursing - Colleen is of immigrant (English) and Indigenous (Cherokee) ancestry. She aims to decrease inequity and violence, including interpersonal and structural forms of violence such as racism and stigma related to poverty and substance use. Through action at the organizational and community level, her work promotes equity for women and Indigenous peoples in health care and criminal justice contexts.
Elder Allen Edzerza, Tahltan Nation - Allen is a Tahltan elder and a member of the Tahltan Elders Council. He leads negotiations on behalf of the First Nation Mining Council in discussions with the government of British Columbia on mining reform. In January 2022, his work was published in the council’s final report: Indigenous Sovereignty – Consent for Mining on Indigenous Lands. Allen was also appointed to the governmental Office of the Premier as Special Advisor on Aboriginal Issues. In this capacity, he has assisted the Province in fostering better working relationships with First Nations.
Joely Viveiros, UBC First Nations House of Learning - Joely is from the Gitxsan Nation with ties to the Xenaksiala people of the Haisla Nation. She is the Associate Director of FNHL which provides programming, advice, and support systems for UBC Indigenous students, faculty, staff and alumni. Prior to her role at UBC, she operated a private audiology practice in Terrace, B.C. for 25 years, where she also raised a family.
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