I was raised in a small community in Northern Alberta that was predominantly Indigenous peoples. I grew up in comfortability, knowing everyone in my high school to everyone at the grocery store. But because of this comfortable environment, nobody left to test their true potential. Aside from medicine, my goal in life is to serve as a role model for my younger siblings and the youth in my community and show them that discomfort is okay. Discomfort allows you to grow and although you don’t see much Indigenous representation, it is time for your generation to continue to pave the way despite being scared to fail. Also, I make really good cheesecake.
PLATFORM My platform will be formed around the integration of Indigenous wellness and healing into the curriculum. Another thing of importance to me is forming ways to effectively communicate medical terminology to the Indigenous community and ensuring that they truly understand any diagnoses or medications, especially within the elderly population. Among the Indigenous population there are many different languages and dialects which could make this difficult, however there should be a common ground that we can start at. Also, as a healthcare professional I think it is important to have a base knowledge of the diverse cultures and traditions you will encounter and to be cognizant of that as this may impact quality of care. Care may be limited due to differing beliefs on healing, herbal medication and also uncertainties that may arise from the systemic racism Indigenous peoples have felt within the healthcare system.