December 12th, 2019 – Sexual Wellbeing

We invite you to join the panel discussion on Indigenous sexual wellbeing, featuring some of the Indigenous Educators that work in sexual wellbeing across the province. Members of the Yuusnewas team at the YouthCO HIV & Hep C Society, the BC CDC and the Indigenous Wellness team at FNHA, as well as other Indigenous partner organizations working in Indigenous sexual health and wellbeing will speak to:
  • Why we speak to sexual wellbeing and not just sexual health
  • What are Indigenous perspectives on sexual wellbeing, and what does decolonizing sexual wellbeing look like?
  • The value of peer and youth involvement to share perspectives and experiences on how to best support conversations on sexual wellbeing

Thank you for your interest and participation! 

This session’s video is now available for viewing.

Thank you to everyone for your continued interest in our events.

We would like to reiterate that everyone is welcome to our UBCLC sessions.

Our events aim to embody a safe space for everyone of all different backgrounds to have their opinions and voices equally heard.

Date: Thursday, December 12th, 2019 (PST)
Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 am
Where: Videoconference OR internet webinar.


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Thank you so much Atticus, Nona, Andrea and Glenn for sharing your knowledge about sexual wellbeing!


About the Presenters:

FNHA Harm Reduction Team Presenter:

Andrea Medley is from the Haida Nation of Old Massett, Haida Gwaii. Since graduating from Simon Fraser University with a degree in Health Sciences/Gerontology, she has worked in public and Indigenous health in a variety of capacities, from health policy to community outreach. She is currently a member of the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network’s National Aboriginal Research Advisory Committee. Andrea has been honoured to work with the First Nations Health Authority since 2014. She is the Indigenous Wellness Educator on the Indigenous Wellness team, which designs and facilitates culturally relevant curriculum on harm reduction and healthy sexuality with First Nations communities. Andrea is passionate about health promotion, harm reduction, traditional healing, and sexual health education, and brings her experience as a community member, learner, and volunteer to this educator position. 

BCCDC Presenter:

Emily Sollows is queer and cisgender who has Acadian, Scandinavian and Mi’kmaq ancestry and is still learning what all that means within her own identity. With a working background in nursing, and while she is by no means perfect, she strives for daily practice intentionally grounded in a critical, decolonizing, and anti-oppressive frameworks. Emily completed her undergraduate degree on the East Coast where she worked until 2011 before moving to Vancouver on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples. Since arriving as an uninvited visitor on these lands, Emily completed a Master’s in nursing at UVic with a focus on health equity and quality improvement initiatives in health access for marginalized populations. Since she began nursing, Emily has worked in various capacities including curriculum development and implementation, research aimed at health care access, and as a certified nurse in sexual and reproductive health care. Within her work, she has been humbled to work for a diverse range of populations and is currently a Nurse Educator with the BCCDC in Harm Reduction Services. Within all of this, Emily is committed to a lifelong journey of finding her way to living the good life, and to uphold indigenous and community-based perspectives despite many of its challenges.

Glenn Tssessaze is the Indigenous and Two Spirit Health Promotion Lead at Community Based Research Centre in Vancouver. Glenn is Dene from northern Manitoba and I also identify as a two spirit. Dene is his first language. Glenn has a BA and an MA in Native Studies from the University of Manitoba, with a lot of experience working in the indigenous communities.

YouthCO HIV & Hep C Society Presenters:

 

Atticus Courtoreille (they/them/theirs) is a two spirit nêhiyawak from so called treaty 6 territory and anishinaabe from so called treaty 8 territory. They migrated to the beautiful unceded lands of the coast salish, and thankful this land kept them alive to help decolonize. Former youth in care, former homeless youth, they have always lived in an urban setting; recently they have connected with the land, people, and culture. And is learning and growing in their cultural role as two spirit. They are a land defender, water protector, an advocate, survivor, and a parent to a toddler. Atticus is very passionate about decolonization, 2spirit community, harm reduction and peer support/education.

Nona Marchand is the Yúusnewas Provincial Outreach Educator focused on Sexual Health and Harm Reduction. Nona is Nuuchahnulth from the Ditidaht First Nations. She has lived on the unceded and ancestral lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh nations since 2016. She completed her Bachelor of Education degree through the University of British Columbia in 2018. She is passionate about working with youth, harm reduction and being involved in decolonizing work.


Resources

Yúusnewas

Sexual Wellbeing model


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