Student Reflection

Traditional Knowledge Keepers in Residence Program

"Being able to visit with Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers has not only provided me with teachings that my academic program is not able to currently support but continues to keep me grounded in ways of being, knowing, and connecting that relate to who I am. Connecting with Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers through AIM-HI and the Indigenous, Local and Global Health Office goes beyond supporting me through my educational journey, but helps me navigate through my journey to discover and acknowledge who I am, what can I do, and what is my purpose?

Welcoming Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers in post-secondary institutions provides opportunities for the academic community to learn as a collective as oppose to ‘leaving the work for the Indigenous peoples to do.’

A space where students can visit safely and openly with Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers is an important aspect of wellness for many students. A space that welcomes ceremonies is imperative as many students move away from their home communities and support systems, which at times can leave an empty space for students to fill while also completing post-secondary education."

-Ashley | PhD student, Community Health Sciences | Population and Public Health

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