march, 2017

28mar12:00 pm- 1:30 pmCentre Talks: Image-based storytelling: A module for Culturally Safe Care


Event Details

You’re Invited: Centre Talks, March 28th, 12:00-1:30 pm EST

Image-based storytelling: A module for Culturally Safe Care

Date: March 28th, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30pm
Location: 209 Victoria Street, room 136, venue is wheelchair accessible
Speaker: Lisa Boivin
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Event abstract: Understanding the lingering injuries of Indian Residential Schools and acknowledging the existence of colonialism are integral to the development of culturally safe health care. Medical treatment is often perceived as a counter-narrative to Indigenous wellness. This is reinforced by centuries of colonial thought, diagnosis and practice. As a result, Indigenous patients are vulnerable in all clinical settings. In this presentation, Lisa Boivin will offer a visual perspective by situating Indigenous experience and knowledge in her paintings. Her images dismantle the clinical/colonial boundaries that isolate Indigenous peoples in and from bio-scientific medicine and bestow teachings that lead to culturally safe solutions.

Speaker bio: Lisa Boivin is a member of the Deninu Kue First Nation in Northwest Territories. She is an interdisciplinary artist and a M.Sc. student at the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. Lisa uses image-based storytelling to bridge gaps between bioethics and aspects of Indigenous cultures and worldviews as she situates her art in the continuum of passing knowledge through images.

Introduction by: Dr. Janet Smylie, a family physician and public health researcher. Dr. Smylie currently works as a research scientist in Indigenous health at St. Michael’s hospital, Centre for Urban Health Solutions (CUHS), where she directs the Well Living House Applied Research Centre for Indigenous Infant, Child and Family Health. Her primary academic appointment is as an Associate Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She maintains a part-time clinical practice with Inner City Health Associates at Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto. Dr. Smylie has practiced and taught family medicine in a variety of Aboriginal communities both urban and rural. She is a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario, with Métis roots in Saskatchewan. Her research interests are focused in the area of addressing the health inequities that challenge Indigenous infants, children and their families through applied health services research. Dr. Smylie currently leads multiple research projects in partnership with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities/organizations. Dr. Smylie holds a CIHR Applied Public Health Research Chair in Indigenous Health Knowledge and Information and was honoured with a National Aboriginal Achievement (Indspire) Award in Health in 2012.

Download event poster here.

Watch Lisa Boivin’s Tedx Talk here.


(Tuesday) 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute

209 Victoria Street, 5th Floor RM 511

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