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Ode'imin - Niyahontesha
Aanii! She:kon! Thank you for visiting our website. Why 'Heartberry' ? Well, the strawberry has significant meaning in both the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee cultures. It means healing and reconciliation. It has sacred properties and is used in ceremony. It really came to represent what we wanted from this podcast.
*Original Artwork by Shanna Peltier*
We are two (or too) wholesome kweok who enjoy visiting, and thought we would turn our random chats into a podcast. We are both Indigenous students, one in graduate school and the other in medical school. We have also both experienced a ton of institutional violence, and ignorance in our post-secondary journeys. We are here to chat about those experiences in hopes of creating relationships, opportunities for solidarity, and carving out digital space that takes seriously the perspectives of Indigenous students.
Aanii, Welcome! I am a proud Anishinaabe kwe from Wikwemikong Unceded Territory located on the beautiful Mnidoo Mnis (Manitoulin Island). I am a protective older sister and the daughter of two wonderful and hardworking parents. I graduated from Laurentian University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Women's Studies. I am currently pursuing an MA in School and Clinical Child Psychology at the University of Toronto. I am passionate about mental health, wellness and life promotion, especially as it pertains to Indigenous children, youth and their families.
She:kon sewa'kwe:kon! Yotakahron ni:i yonkyats. Kanyenkehaka wahtskarewake tehanakareni tsi niwake'teronte. Hello everyone! My name is Yotakahron Jonathan and I am a Mohawk Bear clan woman. I am from Six Nations reserve, where I was born and raised. I am a currently medical student in the Class of 2020 at McMaster University’s Niagara Regional Campus and a mentor through the Indigenous Health Sciences office. I was the co-founder for the Indigenous Health Curriculum Action Group, which has been successful in pushing for more Indigenous Health into the medical school curriculum. I hold a Master of Arts in Sociology and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Indigenous Studies, with a focus on the social determinants of health for Indigenous people. I am also trained as a traditional doula through Tsi Non:we Ionnakeratstha and I want to continue providing support for birthing mothers and families in my family practice.