The legacy of residential school is a painful reality for many Indigenous peoples. My first guest, Stephanie Harpe experienced intergenerational trauma – her mother, Ruby Anne McDonald was a residential school survivor. Stephanie’s traumatic childhood resulted in a youth of addictions and abusive relationships.
The Women Warriors podcast holds space for honesty, healing and hope.
Your Metis host, Shelley Wiart real talks with a variety of Indigenous women – academics, writers, artists, entrepreneurs, and more – as they share their failures, successes, and stories of healing so we can learn from each other and build a healthy and vibrant community.
My hope for you after listening to the show is that you feel less alone, and that you feel inspired to take action to help yourself and others through the personal stories and resources shared.
This is an adult podcast with adult content and language.
The Indigenous youth suicide crisis has been overwhelming and heartbreaking for Indigenous communities across Canada. Tunchai, and her brother, Kelvin, originally from the Northwest Territories, are familiar with the hardships that Indigenous youth in remote communities face and decided to create a multi-media campaign, wemattercampaign.org
Saskatchewan has a core group of Indigenous female entrepreneurs that are changing the way society views Native women. Devon is the founder of SheNative, a social enterprise that empowers Indigenous women through creating opportunities and providing guidance for Indigenous artisans, suppliers and designers.
Celebrating Indigenous people’s heritage, accomplishments, and beauty through the arts including photography and written word counteracts the negative stereotypes in popular media. Tenille Campbell does exactly that, and goes one step further by openly exploring the concepts of Indigenous sexuality and love.
As the daughter of parents that survived residential school, Karen has witnessed and been a part of the economic and social tragedies of Indigenous peoples: the daughter of an alcoholic father, a high school drop out, and a young single mom. Her strong intuition that knowing one’s culture, kinship system, community and Indigenous identity saved her, and her children from the cycle of intergenerational trauma.
For years there has been controversy over the development of BC Hydro’s Site C hydroelectric dam on the traditional lands of Treaty 8 First Nations. Helen Knott shares her fight to save her traditional territory against the Site C development in the Peace River Region surrounding Fort St. John, British Columbia.
Indigenous people are an underrepresented demographic in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Deanna Burgart is an Indigenous chemical engineer, or self-proclaimed Indigeneer that believes diversity is the key to the future of STEM. She’s the co-owner of Indigenous Engineering Inclusion, a company that has built its foundation on sustainability, mentoring and the Seven Sacred Teachings.
On today’s episode Marcia shares the importance of language and culture revitalization, her action steps for making change in community, her understanding of reconciliation and the impacts of the TRC/calls to action, the three conditions that must exist for healing to occur and the resources for community healing.
Caroline Cochrane, MLA for the Range Lake Riding and passionate advocate for women in politics holds the following portfolios for the Government of the Northwest Territories: Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs, Minister Responsible for the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, & Minister Responsible for Addressing Homelessness.
Carly Morton is a First Nations psychic medium. She comes from a long maternal line of strong spirituality and heightened intuition.
She shares her journey to mediumship and how we can all benefit from strengthening our intuition and learning from the people, places and situations we find ourselves in.
Dr. Karlee Fellner is currently an Assistant Professor in Indigenous Education Counselling Psychology at the University of Calgary. Karlee has been working with diverse clients in counselling and assessment since 2007, and has designed and taught courses in education, counselling, and psychology at universities and a private First Nations college.
Jennifer is of mixed ancestry and her Indigenous roots are from Duck Bay, Pine Creek First Nation and Camperville, Manitoba. Jennifer was recently appointed to Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary and is grateful to the First peoples and communities of Treaty 7 and Métis Nation Alberta, Region III.
Patrice Mousseau is a member of the Fort William First Nations. She is the creator and owner of Satya Organics Inc., providing NPN approved, certified USDA organic products to serve those with skin conditions, and for those that want a legitimate alternative to steroid products.
Lisa Graham is the Provincial Coordinator for Justice and Solicitor General Victim Services, Government of Alberta. She is tasked with identifying and filling the gaps in services for families who are suffering through having a loved one who is missing, including making services available in a culturally safe way to all.
Dr. Carrie Bourassa is a Chair in Northern & Indigenous Health and Senior Scientist at Health Sciences North Research Institute in Sudbury (HSNRI), Ontario and the Scientific Director of the Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health (IAPH) at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.