March 15 storytellers

In the final storytelling session in our series we heard from four Thompson Rivers University faculty, students and staff: Dr. Lisa Bourque Bearskin, Dr. Rod McCormick, Star Mahara, Joanne Brown, Charis Kamphuis, Jane Horton, and Crystalyn Lemieux.

Some of the topics addressed included:

  • indigenous nursing and the needs/identity of indigenous nurses and peoples in healthcare
  • the importance of respecting students, indigenous and otherwise
  • resources in assessing worldviews across culture
  • experiential exercises to understand more about the impacts of colonization
  • the concept of “teachers being learners and learners being teachers”
  • bringing in indigenous concepts and issues into discussions of the law
  • ethical and practical issues of understanding indigenous perspectives
  • the intersections of education and culture and working with students to develop cultural identity portfolios

As you reflect on the stories and discussions during the March 15th session, what new practices you are motivated to try or encourage at your institution?