Unlearning & Undoing Project Details
Sharing Bioethics by Dene artist and bioethicist Lisa Boivin, PhD(c), a member of the Deninu Kue First Nation in the Northwest Territories
“Sharing Bioethics shows dozens of land-based teachings. At first glance, the viewer can identify two intersecting circles of medicine. A circle surrounds a clinician in a white coat and bioscientific tools of medicine, such as a stethoscope and x-rays. In the Dene circle of medicine, plant medicine and Dene medicine stories are represented by a medicine bundle, strawberries and antlers. In the space where the circles intersect, the two healers also connect in a new space of relationship and possibility. In this new circle of medicine, neither knowledge or perspective is lost.”
Published in CMAJ https://www.cmaj.ca/content/190/36/E1085
Three Tasks shared by Dr. Camara Jones and Puglaas Jody Wilson-Raybould (We Wai Kai Nation)
We call on two closely aligned frameworks shared by a BC First Nations leader and a Black Public Health leader to help us respond to white supremacy and Indigenous Specific Racism. Black American physician, epidemiologist, and activist Dr. Camara Jones served as President of the American Public Health Association from 2015-2016, initiating a campaign against racism as a key public health priority. Her ‘Science & Practice of Anti-Racism’ framework outlines three tasks that each public health organization must undertake: (1) naming racism; (2) asking, “how is it operating here?”; and (3) organizing and strategizing to act. True Reconciliation Framework. Puglaas Jody Wilson-Raybould (Kwakwaka’wakw from We Wai Kai Nation) names three similar tasks, asking every Canadian to learn, understand, and act to advance what she calls “true reconciliation”.
Several metaphors help to anchor our work. You can access them by clicking below: