February 29th, 2024 – Dismantling Colonial Structures in Public Health: The Journeys of two First Nations Women – Jorden Hendry & Eryn Braley


In this webinar, Eryn and Jorden, two First Nations women and early career health leaders, discuss their journeys throughout higher education in public health – moving from merely surviving within a western institution to thriving with the cultivation of strong, Indigenous networks. They will then discuss the realizations that led to their careers dismantling Indigenous-specific racism in the public health and educational systems.

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Date: Thursday, February 29th, 2024 (PST)
Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 am

About the Presenters:


Jorden Hendry (she/her) is Tsimshian/settler and a member of the Lax Kw’alaams band. Her work is dedicated to promoting the rights and health of Indigenous Peoples by actively working to dismantle Indigenous-specific racism and white supremacy within public health. As a PhD student at the University of British Columbia, she examines health system transformation, focusing on colonial structures and their role in perpetuating Indigenous-specific racism and health inequities. Jorden works as a research assistant for the Unlearning and Undoing White Supremacy Project. Her leadership is characterized by a commitment to incorporating anti-racism and Indigenous ways of knowing into multiple levels of governance in the education and health systems.


Eryn Braley is nehiyaw (Cree) and a member of Saddle Lake Cree Nation in Treaty 6 territory from her Father’s side, and British and Irish settler from her Mother’s side. After earning her Master of Public Health degree from UBC in 2022, she went on to work for the federal and provincial governments before joining the Provincial Health Services Authority’s Indigenous Health team. In her career, Eryn works to advance the inherent rights of Indigenous Peoples to health and wellness by dismantling Indigenous-specific racism and white supremacy within the healthcare system.



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