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 15that 6 pm – 8 pm at Northern United Place. The five presenters include: Maxine Desjarlais – raised on Fishing Lake Metis Settlement, Beatrice Harper – a member of Onion Lake Cree Nation First Nations, Sheryl Liske – a member of Yellowknives Dene First Nations, Dorothy Weyallon – a member of Tłı̨chǫ Government, Tanya Roach – from Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, and emcee, Shelley Wiart – a member of the North Slave Metis Alliance. Please join us for a community meal of bannock and chili, followed by welcoming remarks, the screening of the stories, a brief question and answer panel session, and closing reflections on the process of digital storytelling and health research.

Wiart shared, “These stories share powerful themes about understanding the legacy of residential school, intergenerational trauma and the importance of land, language, culture and community as factors to improving Indigenous women’s health outcomes. It’s important to me that we provide strength based stories by and for Indigenous women about their health and open space for meaningful conversation about Indigenous women’s health, and reconciliation in healthcare.”

Due to the content of these stories, which have the potential to be triggering for IRS survivors and their family members, an enrolled mental health service provider from the Indian Residential School Resolution Health Support Program, Anneka Westergreen, Fireweed Counselling will be present. We will also provide a list of mental health supports in Yellowkife and surrounding area. Please register to attend this event digitalstoriesyellowknife@gmail.com.

This Indigenous health research in Yellowknife and the community knowledge translation event is sponsored by Hotii ts’eeda, Northwest Territories Spor Support Unit. In addition, Shelley is funded by the Alberta Indigenous Mentorship in Health Innovation (AIM-HI) Network Undergraduate Summer Student Stipend to support her research in Lloydminster and Onion Lake Cree Nation area.

To learn more about Shelley Wiart’s undergrad research project, Digital Storytelling as an Indigenous Women’s Health Advocacy Tool: Empowering Indigenous Women to Frame Their Health Stories please visit www.womenwarriors.club. The Athabasca University Research Ethics Board has approved this research project, and it has been licensed under the Northwest Territories Scientists Act.


Meet our summer student, Sheryl Liske! She is a member of Yellowknives Dene First Nations (Treaty 8 territory) and currently resides in N’dilo. She is enrolled at the University of Alberta in her second year of a four year Bachelor of Arts degree – Concentration: Native Studies, Minor: Sociology. Expected graduation date May 2022. Sheryl’s future plans upon graduation are to work for and with the Yellowknives Dene First Nation. Her interest in research includes First Nations land claims and treaty rights for Treaty 8 and to explore future improvements for the Yellowknives Dene First Nation to build a better and more secure future for the younger generations. In her spare time she enjoys volunteer work, reading, running, and spending time with her family.

 

July 19, 2019. We visited the Native Women’s Association of the NWT to invite the staff members to our community event. We were invited to take pictures in front of this mural honouring MMIWG. Northwest territories residents created unique hearts to honour their MMIWG loved ones. The bottom of the quilt has alternating Metis sash, leather and fur to represent First Nations, Metis and Inuit.

Our Digital Storytelling Co-Creator Feature

For the next four weeks leading up to our event I will be featuring a short profile on each of our digital storytelling co-creators. This week I will begin with Sheryl since she is our summer student and apart of her learning was creating her own digital story. Sheryl’s digital story is entitled, Secrets Revealed. Sheryl states, “Digital storytelling felt natural – we began with a conversation and it lead into a story. I felt very comfortable in sharing stories and just talking. The process of participating in digital storytelling research is very educational from the ethics tutorial I had to complete to the process of creating a story. I am glad that I am able to participate in this research and I look forward to sharing our stories at the community event.”