Woman Warriors Newsletter

APTN National News Interview plus Women in Research Speakers

A behind the scenes photo of Tanya being interviewed by Charlotte for APTN National News.

Community Based Participatory Action Research (CBPA): Taking Direction From My Digital Storytelling Co-Creators

I take direction from my digital storytelling co-creators when they suggest spaces to share their digital health stories. After our Legacy: Indigenous Women’s Health Stories event finished one of the co-creators emailed me to suggest we approach APTN to share the digital health stories. I contacted two APTN video journalists in September – one in Alberta and one in the Northwest Territories – to share the details of this research. Yellowknife video journalist, Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs reached out on Twitter and we met last Thursday, November 14th at my condo in Northern Heights. Fortunately, Tanya was also available to be interviewed by Charlotte, and we were all grateful for the opportunity to share these five digital health stories with a wider audience. Please click on the video above to watch our interview. 

You can now view Women Warriors Digital Health Stories on our Wistia Channel or our website

On Tuesday, November 12th I presented our Women Warriors Digital Health Stories and research findings to primary healthcare providers at the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) Cultural Competency Training Pilot. One of our digital storytelling co-creators, Tanya spoke in person with the primary care providers about her experience creating her digital health story and advocating for reconciliation in healthcare. The feedback from the attendees was overall positive with statements such as, "Nothing is more powerful than a first hand story. I would encourage you to continue collecting more."
Wednesday, November 13th. The GNWT Cultural Competency Training Pilot included a tour of the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre Indigenous Archives Tour. We had the privilege of viewing authentic clothing, learning about traditional medicines and looking at items not on public display.

Conference Speakers

I’ll be featuring two of the conference speakers per newsletter for the next six weeks. Please review all of our speakers in the conference section of this website.

Dr. Janelle Marie Baker. Janelle is Assistant Professor in Anthropology at Athabasca University and her research is on sakâwiyiniwak (Northern Bush Cree) experiences with wild food contamination in Canada’s oil sands region.

Recent Media: AU professor wins distinguished dissertation award. 

Dr. Baker is also a co-PI (with Metis anthropologist Zoe Todd at Carleton University) on a SSHRC Frontiers funded project on Plural perspectives on Bighorn Country: restor(y)ing land use governance and bull trout population health in Alberta. Janelle’s research is inspired from doing collaborative applied traditional land use research for First Nations in Alberta and Saskatchewan since 2006. Her research celebrates women’s knowledge, traditional foods, and boreal forest identities and she collaborates with scientists on community-based and climate change monitoring projects. Janelle is currently the North Americas Representative on the Board of Directors for the International Society of Ethnobiology and winner of the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies – ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award, Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences category.

Cheryl Barnabe

Cheryl Barnabe, MD MSc FRCPC is a Métis rheumatologist with a graduate degree in Clinical Epidemiology. She is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. She is a Vice-Chair in the Department of Medicine (Indigenous Health), past-Chair of the Quality Care Committee for the Canadian Rheumatology Association, and a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Indigenous Health Committee. 

Recent Media: Dean’s Talk 2018 – Dr. Cheryl Barnabe, MD

Dr. Barnabe’s research program, ‘Arthritis Care for Indigenous Populations’, has contributed knowledge on the epidemiology of arthritis and contemporary outcomes of inflammatory arthritis conditions for Indigenous people. 

In response to the identified accentuated disease burden, she co-develops health services interventions to bridge the care gaps that exist, and leads delivery of curricular initiatives for rheumatology residents and practitioners to support the provision of culturally safe arthritis care environments. 

She is the principal investigator of the Alberta Indigenous Mentorship in Health Innovation (AIM-HI) Network, a CIHR-funded Indigenous Mentorship Network Program, to recruit and retain Indigenous scholars in health research. Dr. Barnabe has received several national awards, including a CIHR Canada Research Chair in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Autoimmune Diseases (Tier 2, 2018-2023), the Killam Emerging Research Leader Award (2018) and is a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada (2018).