CGSHE Spotlight Series

Organized as webinars, CGSHE hosts Spotlight Series on key topics related to gender equity and sexual health for all. The webinars are free and open to researchers, practitioners, community and policy organizations as well as interested members of the public. This series is a unique opportunity for learning and dialogue across diverse communities of academics, activists and community members.

Decolonizing Research and Practice

Title: Decolonizing Indigenous birth work and reproductive health

Date: Tuesday June 1, 2021

Time: 12-1 p.m PT | 3-4 p.m ET

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Event details

For International Women’s Day 2021, CGSHE is hosting Indigenous Women’s Experiences of Racism in BC Health Systems: Findings from In Plain Sight, a webinar featuring Elder Te’ta’in Shane Pointe and host speakers Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond (Aki-kwe), JD, LLM, SJD and Harmony Johnson (sɛƛakəs), MHA. This talk is co-hosted with VCH Aboriginal Health and is part of the new CGSHE Spotlight Series – Decolonizing Research and Practice.

The speakers will share findings among Indigenous women from the report they co-authored: In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in BC Health Care. The report was commissioned by the BC government after allegations surfaced of a guessing game in BC emergency departments in relation to the blood alcohol levels of Indigenous patients. It examines systemic Indigenous-specific racism in the provincial health care system as well as the experience of Indigenous patients at the point of care, and Indigenous health workers within care delivery settings in BC.

Event Details

Date: Monday, March 8, 2021

Time: 4-5 p.m. PT/7-8 p.m. ET

Place: Virtual via Zoom

About Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond (Aki-kwe)

Dr. Turpel Lafond is the Academic Director of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at the University of British Columbia. She is a lawyer, former judge, legislative advocate for children’s rights and professor at UBC’s Allard School of Law. She holds a law degree from Osgoode Hall at York University, a master’s degree in international law from the University of Cambridge, and a doctorate of law from Harvard Law School.

About Harmony Johnson (sɛƛakəs)

Ms. Johnson is of Tla’amin First Nation (Coast Salish) ancestry and brings over 15 years of experience in executive and senior roles in health and in First Nations policy, intergovernmental relations, and self-governance. She is the co-author of a number of publications, including the book Written as I Remember it: Teachings from the life of a Sliammon Elder.