Woman Warriors Newsletter

Digital Storytelling Presentations & Summer Research

Barb is currently in her final year of my Masters of Conflict Analysis and Management at Royal Roads University. Her community-based research study explores the experiences of urban Indigenous Two-Spirit women with ceremony. It will highlight the experiences of these women, communicated through an oral digital storytelling form to be shared with the greater grassroots Indigenous community, with hopes that it will ignite future social action for greater inclusivity within ceremony.

Barb and I co-created the first chapter of her Masters thesis which included stories passed down from her mother and her own self reflection and positionality of her research project. Her digital story, “Witnessing Myself” has the research question for her participants embedded as a call to action at the end of her 11 minute video. It is not available for public viewing, but she addresses some ethical concerns and the digital storytelling process in our presentation together.

Barb’s Reflections on Digital Storytelling as a Research Method

3 Key Highlights of the digital story process:

  1. Provides a western academic and indigenous oral parallel (40 pages of writing or 10 mins of video)
  2. Holistic process – allows me to connect everything and move away from linear thinking and sectioning up ideas
  3. Personal process – facilitator (Shelley) guided the process but did not influence or make decisions *this is very important to remaining authentic in personal storytelling

Using a tribal epistemology, my research is a journey of witnessing where I am:

My framework encompasses the 3 levels of Cree witnessing
1. Witness myself – share my own story and experiences – Digital story #1
a. reflecting on my life experiences and teachings;
2. Witnessing the sharing of testimony and experiences – Participant Digital stories #2, #3, #4
a. Conversing with participants so we can learn from each other through a shared dialogue, which will be done using the Conversational Method (Kovach, 2010a), and
b. Observing personal digital stories of my participants in order to increase my knowledge and critically reflect on my coming to know
c. Making meaning of our convergent voice;
3. Be a witness in the process of witnessing the testimonies of others – Final convergent digital story #5
a. will take place through sharing the final story with the greater indigenous community
b. empower participants and provide relational accountability

**Within an indigenous research paradigm, research should give back in some way and do no harm.

I also presented at the following academic events in August:

Extra resources for audience members:
My google document with my academic references from these presentations.
My google document of digital storytelling resources online. 

Protecting the Future of Alberta Families: Save Our Healthcare

I have a new project, Protecting the Future of Alberta Families: Save Our Healthcare that I hope you will support. If you would like to be added to our NEW newsletter please email me: saveourhealthcareab@gmail.com with subject header “Add me to your SAVE OUR HEALTH CARE newsletter.”

The following information includes why I started it and resources for advocacy:

I am a passionate advocate for an Alberta health care system that is accessible, equitable, and free of financial burden or other barriers. My focus is saving Alberta’s health care from privatization and supporting our health care professionals. I offer my deepest gratitude and support for our front line Alberta health care workers during this pandemic. I am a concerned mother advocating for the future of my children and all the families in Alberta that will be impacted by a two-tiered health care system. 

I am not affiliated with any political party, and I welcome supporters of all parties. With the intentions of transparency I have no conflicts to declare. I have no affiliations to think tanks, political parties, or otherwise. I am not being paid for this advocacy work. The purpose of this newsletter is to inform the constituency of Lloydminster, Wainwright and Vermilion of the United Conservative Party’s intentions to privatize Alberta’s healthcare system. It is my intention to share unbiased information, promote active citizenship, and build community relationships between constituents and our rural physicians. My core values as a health care advocate and patient in this system are promoting truth, integrity, democratic discussion and participation, and appreciation of our healthcare professionals. 

Please consider emailing your MLA (Elections Alberta MLA finder) in support of our family physicians and sharing your concerns about the privatization of Alberta’s healthcare using the google doc templates I’ve created: 

Template Letter for Mr. Garth Rowswell, MLA Lloydminster, Vermilion & Wainwright  Re: Bill 30, the Health Statutes Amendment Act & UCP’s Treatment of Alberta Physicians.

Please consider writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper in support of our family physicians and sharing your concerns about the privatization of Alberta’s healthcare using the google doc templates I’ve created: 

Template Letter for Letter to the Editor Protecting the Future of Alberta Families: Save Our Health Care 

Please email me: saveourhealthcareab@gmail.com if you have any questions regarding my purpose or this advocacy work. I respectfully request that all political beliefs and rhetoric be left out of your emails. I will reply to any emails directed towards the Alberta health care system and supporting our rural physicians. 

Meet Your Family Physician Dr. Ian Turner, Wainwright, Alberta

E01 Dr. Ian Turner Dispels the Myth of Alberta Family Physicians’ Earnings & The Impact of Private Facilities on Public Healthcare

Dr. Ian Turner currently resides in Wainwright, Alberta with his wife, Dr. Sarah Turner (also a family physician) and their children. He was born in Britain, trained as a physician in Scotland, became a licensed medical doctor in 2001 and immigrated to Canada in 2014. He has a background of medical training and health care commissioning in England.

On today’s episode Dr. Turner shares:

  • Dispels the myth that Alberta family physicians’ earn $400,000-$500,000 per year and shares his own expenses. He shares his monthly take-home income.
  • He shares his work schedule and on-call schedule to give context to his earnings. Responsible for 90+ hours per week of work.
  • He shares why he left the UK because of health care cuts and political rhetoric. Why he chose Alberta to practice medicine and why he may leave.
  • His meeting with MLA Garth Rowswell in April and the changes to the billing structure of CMGP (billing for 15 mins appointments as opposed to 10 mins).
  • He shares how rural practices are impacted by billings – a smaller population of patients to make their businesses viable.
  • Wainwright lost a family physician earlier this year without a GP replacement for 1,500 patients. What happens within the healthcare system when a family physician leaves without succession planning.
  • Discussion on the number of doctors per 100,000 people of the OECD (Doctors overall number – Health at a Glance 2019).
  • Where are doctors being employed and the type of doctors employed. On a pay scale family doctors are paid less than specialists and Dr. Turner shares the implications of it.
  • He shares what “cherry picking” patients in the private system means for public health care. For example, orthopedic operations in private facilities. Shareholders financially benefit from private facilities and it negatively impacts the public system.
  • His inside perspective as a family physician during a pandemic.
  • His calls to action for patients.

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