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Subject/Keyword
HIV
Health
Resilience
Indigenous
Thrivance
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Lambert, Denise T
Supervisor and department
Houston, SC (Medicine)
King, M (Health Sciences) Simon Fraser University
Fletcher, F (Extension)
Examining committee member and department
Nowgesic, E (Social Behavioral Health Sciences) University of Toronto
Department
School of Public Health
Specialization
Health Policy Research
Date accepted
2017-09-29T09:03:57Z
Graduation date
2017-11:Fall 2017
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
In this time of truth and reconciliation, an Indigenous health research question was asked, responded to, and interpreted by people whose genealogy includes Cree, Blackfoot (Piikani), Kwakwaka’wakw, Stoney and Métis. Indigenous HIV in Canada is described from the point of view of those who live with and give voice to this issue. The story line is set with the vibration of the heart, felt as the sound of the drum, moving through decades of colonizing process and practice. The drum beat is the consistent cadence of the “Prisoner’s Song”, bringing forward the story of two Alberta Métis boys who were hanged in the 1940’s. Through historical data analysis and comparisons of current policies, systems and methods of handling Indigenous peoples, a perpetual cycle of colonialism is revealed. Using a braided life story narrative, two of the first Indigenous (First Nation) people to publicly disclose their HIV status, are woven into the timeline of the HIV response in Canada. Kecia Larkin and Ken Ward share their select experience to bring light to issues that have been almost silenced. The story line is expanded to include the influence of legislated identities, community organizing, policy impacts and the dis-course of health systems in addressing issues affecting People of the Land. From the rich song and story lines, evidencing the strength of oral translation of Indigenous knowledge, a rhythm of resilience unfolds. Considerations for health programs and policies are introduced through the concepts of surface culturality and reflective vision.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3TH8C19V
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This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private, scholarly or scientific research. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
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