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November 2022 Newsletter | Office of Respectful Environments, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Welcome the REDI November newsletter
We're excited to bring you the second newsletter from the Office of Respectful Environments, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (REDI).
Read on to learn about upcoming events, stories, and find links for recordings from previous speakers.
We Are All That Is Possible: Indigenous Principles and Perspectives of Disability & Belonging with Joanne Mills
Join us virtually on Wednesday, December 7 from 12–1:30 pm for this fourth session of the Indigenous Speaker Series with Joanne Mills, Vice President of Quality Services & Indigenous Relations at Community Living British Columbia.
Joanne Mills is a proud Cree woman from Ochekwi-Sipi Fisher River Cree Nation, a signatory to Treaty 5 in Manitoba. She’s been a force of change and purpose for Indigenous peoples who have for too long been marginalized and labeled as living with developmental disabilities.
IBPOC Voices: A Conversation with Dr. Kiran Veerapen
Join us virtually on Friday, December 9 from 12–1 pm for “IBPOC Voices: A Conversation with Dr. Kiran Veerapen”. Dr. Kiran Veerapen is the Assistant Dean of Faculty Development, and Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine. She is committed to remaining responsive to emerging needs in undergraduate and postgraduate education in the Faculty of Medicine.
REDI Empower Hour | Parts Known and Unknown: Derek Thompson – Thlaapkiituup Talks About the Bits and Pieces of a Meaningful Conversation
Join us virtually on Thursday, November 17 from 5–6 pm for a REDI Empower Hour session with Derek Thompson – Thlaapkiituup. We invite you to bring your favourite meal, pull up a virtual chair, and we’ll talk about the bits and pieces of a meaningful conversation, and chew on the many and layered flavours of telling the truth and reconciling for the future.
Healthy Environments in Academic Research Teams (HEART)
The Graduate and Postdoctoral Education Office is developing an exciting new program called Healthy Environments in Academic Research Teams (HEART). HEART aims to equip you and your team with the knowledge and tools you need to create a genuinely healthy and inclusive research environment for everyone.
They want to hear your thoughts on what makes a healthy research environment in the Faculty of Medicine.
Transformative Change According to Doug Kelly: Creating the BC First Nations Health Authority
Grand Chief Doug Kelly joined us on November 9 for the third session of the Indigenous Speaker Series. We learnt about his work and leadership in the creation of the First Nations Health Authority, and his experiences and insights as the former Chair of the First Nations Health Council. Grand Chief Kelly reflected on what we can be learnt about the self-determination of BC First Nations, what’s needed to strengthen the work in relation to Truth and Reconciliation, and how health and academic systems can better plan and respond to the unique needs of First Nations in BC.
Dr. Adrian Yee joined us on November 4 for an “IBPOC Voices Conversation”. Dr. Yee is the Director of Curriculum, within the Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) Program. He provides leadership for UGME to ensure a high-quality educational experience across all four sites and all four years of the curriculum. IBPOC Voices is a series that centers IBPOC experiences and knowledge, and highlights how they navigate the different challenges and how they engage with equity, diversity and inclusion.
Diagnosing Truth, Healing and Conciliation Inside BC Health Care Systems with Dr. Danièle Behn Smith
Dr. Danièle Behn Smith, Deputy Provincial Health Officer, Indigenous Health, joined us on October 17 for the second session of the Indigenous Speaker Series. Listen to Dr. Behn Smith’s unique perspective on how health and academic systems can best approach the work in relation to the processes of Truth and Reconciliation.