WCH CONNECTSeptember 23, 2019

Join us for a presentation from Indigenous artist, PhD student and healthcare educator Lisa Boivin

  • September 23, 2019

Throughout the month of September, Women’s College Hospital and our Indigenous Health Education Group will be hosting a series of events and sharing opportunities for staff, clinicians, scientists, learners and volunteers to recognize the anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as well as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation/Orange Shirt Day.

On Wednesday, September 25, we invite you to attend a presentation from Indigenous artist Lisa Boivin – Image-based Storytelling: Painting the Path of Indigenous Resilience.

As an artist, Lisa invokes the Indigenous tradition of image-based storytelling to disseminate intergenerational knowledge. For thousands of years, images were used to share tradition, law and ceremony. Visual communication continues to play an important role in Indigenous cultures. Lisa utilizes this artistic medium to understand and assert Indigenous worldviews, which promotes individual and community learning. Lisa reflects upon her personal experience of cultural displacement by confronting the Indian Residential School System, and the Sixties Scoop. She shares her story of healing through cultural reclamation in images she has painted.

Through her presentation, the audience will:

  • gain a basic knowledge of Canada’s colonial history as it relates to the health outcomes of Indigenous people and populations
  • be able to identify their own colonial dispositions and biases which will enable them to be more reflective in their clinical practice
  • will have representation of their clinical selves in the form of a visual narrative will have a dynamic visual narrative to put in their toolbox for future reflection and cultivation

Lisa Boivin is a member of the Deninu Kue First Nation in Northwest Territories. She is an interdisciplinary artist and a healthcare educator. Lisa is enrolled in the Doctoral Stream at the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. She is writing and painting an arts-based thesis on Indigenous perspectives of wellness and the disabling effects of colonialism. She uses digital paintings to address the colonial barriers Indigenous patients navigate in the current healthcare system. Lisa strives to humanize clinical medicine as she situates her art-based practice in the Indigenous continuum of passing knowledge through images.

Image-based Storytelling

WHAT: A presentation from Indigenous, PhD Student and Healthcare Educator Artist Lisa Boivin
Image-based Storytelling: Painting the Path of Indigenous Resilience

WHEN: Wednesday, September 25 from 12:00 p.m.  – 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Women’s College Hospital, Room 6214

WHO: All are welcome but space is limited so please RSVP to Tina Kinnee-Brown

This event is a partnership between Women’s College Hospital and the Wilson Centre

Women’s College Hospital and the Wilson Centre

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Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO)