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Yellowknife Community Members Wish Healthcare Providers Would…

Testimonials About Our Digital Health Stories Yellowknife Community Members Wish Healthcare Providers Would…  Digital health stories have the potential to initiate community dialogue about issues that are concerning to the participants and the audience (Rieger, et.al. 2018). These digital health stories opened space for conversations about reconciliation in healthcare. Audience members at the Legacy event,

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Women Warriors Digital Health Stories Channel

Stories are the lifeblood of Indigenous communities and the way that Elders pass their wisdom to future generations. To be gifted with stories is to honoured by your community and requires you to be responsible for the greater good. It also means respecting the storyteller and story enough to listen with an open heart and preparing to receive the stories.

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Thank You for your Support and an Exciting New Look

Thank you for your support over the past three years on this journey with Women Warriors. It has been an honour to share my passion for fitness, holistic health, and improving Indigenous women’s health outcomes through Women Warriors, Eight Weeks to Healthy Living Program. It was a privilege to connect with community members in

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Alberta Indigenous Mentorship in Health Innovation (AIM-HI) Network Retreat

Friday, September 27th. I presented our health stories at the AIM-HI Retreat held on Tsuutʼina Nation. The purpose of the retreat was for the funded students (I received an undergraduate student stipend for my Alberta research) to discuss their summer research projects, and to connect Indigenous students with Indigenous academic mentors. After the presentation, we had the privilege of attending a sweat hosted by Chief Lee Crowchild.

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Inuit Tattoos by Tanya Roach

August 15th, Legacy: Indigenous Women’s Health Stories in Yellowknife, NT. Tanya Roach is one of five Indigenous women that created a digital story about her health. Her digital story is entitled, Tuq&urausiit which is an Inuit term used to address relatives, acknowledging the relationships and kinships that bind us. Tanya is originally from Kanigi&liniq (known as Rankin Inlet) which is located in the Kivalliq region (northwest coast of the Hudson’s Bay of Nunavut). She has been living in Yellowknife for the last 25 years. Her mother is Inuk and her father was Scottish. Photo credit James O’Connor Unlimited.

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Native Women's Association

Legacy: Indigenous Women’s Health Stories

July 23, 2019 – Yellowknife, NT – You are invited to attend the premiere of five digital stories, entitled “Legacy: Indigenous Women’s Health Stories” created by Indigenous women in two locations – Onion Lake Cree Nation, on the border of Alberta and Saskatchewan & Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. This event takes place on Thursday, August

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Onion Lake Cree Nation’s Urban Poling Group

Last Tuesday, October 16th Dr. Sonja Wicklum and I went to Onion Lake early so that I could instruct Vera Cardinal on how to urban pole (also known as Nordic Walking). She was interested in joining the Women Warriors program, but due to time constraints could not commit to every Tuesday evening. She is a busy mom of five children, ages 14, 13, 11, 9 and 1 and a soon-to-be Mom of six in February!

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Metis Cultural Days

I was invited to attend the Metis Days Gala Fundraiser held at the White Cap Dakota Casino on September 29th. It featured an Indigenous art auction and silent auction to support CUMFI’s programs for families residing in Supported Living Homes.

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Dietary Practices of Indigenous Women

It has been one year since I travelled to Lloydminster to conduct ethnographic research with the Women Warriors program. I will soon defend my MA thesis based on the results of that work, which explored the dietary practices of Indigenous women in the program. While in previous newsletters I’ve been able to describe the methods, goals, and preliminary trends from this study, today I am able to offer a more complete picture of the ample learnings participants offered.

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Back to School a Tough Lesson in Spending

The lazy days of summer are coming to end. I’ve had a wonderful summer full of adventures with my three daughters – we spent a month in Yellowknife – and we have returned to our home in Lloydminster, Alberta. Our school start date was September 4th and this year I’ve prepared for a child in kindergarten, Grade 2, and Grade 4.

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Tobacco & Cannabis Workshop

This past semester I undertook my own research project as part of my research methodologies course through the University of Athabasca. My exploratory study gathered preliminary information on smoking and cannabis behaviors, attitudes about upcoming legalization, opinions on community-driven tobacco interventions, and characteristics of the population, composed of participants from Women Warriors.

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Mother’s Day, Updates on Calgary & Indigenous Law Conference

Last week I received a last minute invite from my dad, the President of the North Slave Metis Alliance (NSMA), Bill Enge to attend a two-day Indigenous law conference in Vancouver starting April 25th. It was a welcome reprieve from the eternal winter in Alberta; I live in Canada’s only border city, Lloydminster, where the news reported in mid-April a record-breaking number of cold days this winter – 167 consecutive days of minimum temperatures at or below zero degrees.

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My Journey of Weight Loss

Losing weight is soul-crushing; it involves deprivation, shame, and guilt. Most weight loss programs, fads or diets require restricting calories, omitting food groups from your diet, and the sting of failure every time you step on that scale and it fails to reflect your monumental efforts of deprivation.

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Expansion to Treaty 7

It was an honor to present our program and research findings from the past two years, including University of Calgary Master’s student, Megan Sampson’s preliminary findings on food security to City of Calgary managers and stakeholders on Friday, March 16th.

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Part 2 of 2: Plains History of Lloydminster & Area

The Canadian government responded to Indigenous peoples’ assertions of sovereignty in the region through the implementation of violent and degrading policies. The Indian Act, which was passed in 1876, is widely regarded as racist, sexist, paternernalistic and aimed at the assimilation of First Nations culture into Euro-Canadian society (Henderson 2006, RCAP 1996, Milloy 2008).

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Raising Indigenous Children in Saskatchewan After the Gerald Stanley Verdict

Tonight is a hard night to feel like Reconciliation in Canada is a possibility – that concept just got further away from being achievable. Racism just walked away from a murder conviction and yet another Indigenous youth was left murdered, dehumanized and without justice. Another name added to the list of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Men and Women in Canada, go ahead and say his name…Colton Boushie.

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Advocacy & Leadership

Last Sunday I had to remove myself from social media because of the explosion of hate-filled racist comments that were circulating online. I felt anger, frustration, but most of all sorrow. Some of these people were my friends on Facebook, and now they are not

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Finding Hope: Ceremony, Relationships & Reciprocity

Yesterday, after Raymond Cormier’s acquittal of second-degree murder in the death of Tina Fontaine I watched as Native Twitter erupted: Heartbreak. Grief. Sorrow. Outrage. Anger. Frustration. Disbelief.

I posted: My heart is broken for the family of Tina Fontaine. What does it take to get justice in this country for #Indigenous peoples? Where do we go from here? I’m at a loss. #JusticeforTinaFontaine

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Proud Metis

On January 20th, 2018 I attended my first North Slave Métis Alliance (NSMA) annual general assembly. This AGA was important to me because I did not grow up with my Metis culture or with my biological family. I was adopted at birth and I found my birth father, Bill Enge, the President of the NSMA in 2006. When I met him, at the age of 26, I was given the gift of learning what it meant to be Métis.

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The Power of Mentorship with Marcel Petit

With the theme of this weeks newsletter being reconciliation and Indigenous healing, I’d like to discuss supporting our men on their healing journeys. When I hosted our violence awareness and prevention conference, Rise Up Mighty Warrior in October 2016, the
feedback that I received from the 90 attendees, composed of mainly Indigenous women, is they want more healing resources and conferences for their men.

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Being an Informed Indigenous Ally

When I first moved to Lloydminster in 2009, I came from Edmonton where I attended the University of Alberta during the school year and lived in Yellowknife during the summer months. My family is from Yellowknife and I visit them on a regular basis.

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The Power of Mentorship

January is Mentoring Month and today is International Mentor Day. I asked guest writer, Helen Knott, to share her experience with mentorship. Her piece below highlights the importance of mentorship, within our Indigenous communities, and how mentors can come in the form of our family members, traditional healers, and Elders, a person that we admire in our community, or a public figure that we’ve never met.

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Success Takes a Village -Thank You For Helping Me

I started my journey with Women Warriors on June 8th, 2015 at the Lloydminster Friendship Centre. I was inspired to start this group after training for a half marathon for Team Diabetes, in honour of my birth father’s type II diabetes diagnosis, and witnessing that there were few Indigenous women at the gyms that I trained.

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National Addictions Awareness Week 2017

In honor of National Addictions Awareness Week, November 12th-18th, 2017, I am sharing insights about addiction(s) from guests on the Women Warriors podcast. Each of these guests has struggled with addiction(s) and are open about their healing and recovery. Their full podcast interviews can be accessed on the podcast section of this site.

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Food Security & Needs in Lloydminster

As a graduate student from the University of Calgary’s Department of Anthropology, I have been partnering with Women Warriors over the past month and researching the nutritional realities of local Indigenous women (Cree and Metis) in Lloydminster and surrounding areas.

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ReconciliACTION & Indigenous Women in Politics – Part Three

Fostering Indigenous women leaders and building our participation in politics, and policymaking is an important form of reconciliation in Canada. According to the website Equal Voice, “the United Nations says that a critical mass of at least 30% women is needed before legislatures produce public policy representing women’s concerns and before political institutions begin to change the way they do business

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Indigenous Women in Politics

With that history in mind, Indigenous peoples have only held the right to vote for approximately fifty years. Furthermore, when we examine the barriers that women, especially of minority descent, encounter when running for political office, such as “stereotyping of women’s role and abilities

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Lloydminster Needs: Reconciliation in Media

Reconciliation is about learning the truth of Canada’s history with Indigenous peoples, examining the ongoing legacy of colonialism, and acknowledging that we can do better. First, I would like to share the history of this region and tell you why we need a reconciliation column in the newspaper to better represent the Indigenous voices in our community.

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Jean Cardinal

Women Warriors Podcast Season 2 – Episode 12 & 13

Jean Cardinal is the co-founder of Dene Wellness Warriors, an Indigenous focused wellness business based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories that offers one-to-one counselling, wellness coaching and workshop facilitation. She is a member of the Canadian Professional Counselors Association, and she is the only Indigenous therapist recognized by Health Canada to work with Residential School Survivors and their families.

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Program Expansion to Onion Lake Cree Nation

Last Friday myself, Onion Lake band councilor, Dolores Pahtayken, our Master’s student from the University of Calgary, Megan, Women Warrior participant, Ashley, Elder from the Ekweskeet Healing Lodge, Verna Buffalo Calf and gardening expert, Tracey Lepp met to discuss research and tentative plans to move the program on reserve.

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Education is Power – Drawing Inspiration from Women Warriors

Over the course of two years, Women Warriors has welcomed Lakeland College students in our program. One student, Linda participated in Women Warriors for the full length of her degree starting November 2015 ending April 2017. Intially, Linda was shy and when I approached her about doing a Woman Warrior Wednesday profile she said no.  As I learned more about her, a single mom with four children that left her reserve of Loon Lake to pursue her education, the more I was inspired by her perseverance.

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My Top 5 Lessons of Being Metis

Last week I was scheduled to be interviewed by Metis podcaster, Darcy Robinson, host of the Jig is Up. He sent me an interview question that set off a wave of emotions and deep thoughts on my identity as an Indigenous adoptee. We had to reschedule the interview due to his work obligations, but I’m looking forward to sharing some of my insights with him.

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My Social Media Break & Podcast Updates

Like everything in life, I think it’s important to examine how we use it on a daily basis and if it’s adding value to our lives. I enjoyed my break and I’m back on social media using it to promote our program and podcast. I encourage everyone to take a digital break for mental clairity and focus.

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Women Warriors Podcast Season Two

The first time I heard a residential school survivor speak was March of 2009 in my class at the University of Alberta Native Studies 380/Women Studies 494: Challenging Racism and Stereotypes. It is a vivid memory because I was pregnant with my first child, and I had just learned at my 20-week ultrasound that I was having a girl.

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Healing on the Land: My Vacation in Yellowknife – Part 2

On the last week of school my seven year old daughter came home & told me what she learned about residential school in class. You can view the video I recored on my twitter feed which she stated, “the Settlers thought they were smarter so they invented residential school to teach the First Nations a lesson.”

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Healing on the Land: My Vacation in Yellowknife – Part 4

We arrived at the powwow grounds at 6:30 pm to an amazing grand entry. Onion Lake had a full house despite there being four powwows last weekend. The grand entry included Chief and Council, special guests like Federations of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) Vice Chief Robert Merasty, and all the dancers.

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Podcast Season 1 Finale with Hon. Caroline Cochrane

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.

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Releasing Two Episodes for Reconciliation Week

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.

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Episode 6 with Karen Pheasant

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.

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Episode 5 with Tenille Campbell and Media Coverage

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.

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Releasing TWO Episodes Tomorrow!

This coming week we’ll be featured in the Lloydminster Source! I’m looking forward to growing our fan base and offering valuable insights about the Indigenous Youth Suicide Crisis with our guest, co-founder of the We Matter Campaign, Tunchai Redvers. In addition, I’m releasing our interview with founder of SheNative, Devon Fiddler.

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