Episode 2 with Kaila Johnston and Dr. Amy Shawanda

In this second episode on Indigenous health and Indigenous wellness, we will be hearing multiple excerpts throughout Bryce’s 1922 The Story of a National Crime pamphlet.

In this episode, we unpack the history of health and wellness found in Dr. Peter H. Bryce’s research on children in residential schools, and its relevance in contemporary contexts.

Host and Guests

Bobby Henry

Education Collaborator and Podcast Host

Stanley (Bobby) Henry, OCT, is of the Ball Deer Clan. He is a member of the Cayuga Nation, a nation of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. He is a community member of Six Nations of the River Territory and has spent 15+ years of his life in K-12 Cayuga language immersion education. He is a Ph.D. student in Trent University’s Ph.D. program in Indigenous Studies and holds a Master of Education degree in Indigenous Education from Lakehead University. Bobby is an Assistant Professor in Brock University’s Faculty of Education. His research interests are issues in Indigenous education, Indigenous language pedagogies and regeneration, and decolonizing and Indigenizing PK-12 education.

Kaila Johnston

Contributing Writer

As the Supervisor of Education, Outreach, and Public Programming at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, Kaila oversees matters related to the support of educators, development of resources, establishment of outreach initiatives, as well as public engagement on residential schools and their legacy. Prior to joining the NCTR, Kaila worked with the TRC as a statement gatherer and coordinator to support statement gathering activities. She holds a BA (Hons.) in Criminal Justice from the University of Winnipeg and a MSc in International Crimes and Criminology from Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. Kaila is Cree and was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Dr. Amy Shawanda

Contributing Researcher and Podcast Host

Amy Shawanda, PhD is a proud Odawa Kwe from Manitoulin Island’s Wikwemikong Unceded Territory. She is an educator, storyteller, visionary, and berry picker. She is an assistant professor and researcher in Indigenous health at McGill University’s Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Currently, she is the Theme Lead for the project entitled “Towards Sleep Equity: Understanding and Addressing Intersectional Risk and Resilience Factors in the Promotion of Healthy Sleep.” Amy’s primary research interest is on sleep, nutrition, physical exercise, mental health, and the Indigenous Commercial Determinants of Health. She is community driven, generationally inspired, and social justice oriented. Dr. Shawanda has a focus on strengthening Indigenous ways being, doing, knowing, and healing.

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