Interior Voices
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Welcome to Interior Voices, an Interior Health podcast series. Please join us for bi-weekly installments produced by Aboriginal Health and Wellness Communications where we’ll explore the intersection of health and culture in the workplace, our everyday lives, and patient care.

You can subscribe to the series on iTunes or listen to episodes on our hosting site.

The series is hosted by Aboriginal Health Lead Vaness Mitchell and Aboriginal Employment Advisor Tracy Mooney.

Vanessa Mitchell, Co-Host
 
Vanessa is an Okanagan woman, daughter, sister, niece, aunt, and mother. Her passions are advocating for Indigenous families and building relationships within the institutions that serve them. Vanessa’s had the opportunity to work within both urban and on-reserve Aboriginal organizations with youth, elders, leadership, and grassroots’ peoples and initiatives.
 
She often reflects upon health equity, politics of distraction, Indigenous knowledge, Indigenous research, and what she calls the (lost) art of visiting.
When she is not at work she can be found walking in the beauty of nature to reconnect and recharge, or with her family and loved ones. Vanessa was born and raised in the traditional territory of her people, the Okanagan.
 
Vanessa leads the Journey to Cultural Safety and Humility program and also serves as an Aboriginal Lead with Interior Health.
 
Tracy Mooney, Co-Host
 
Tracy is the Aboriginal Employment Advisor for Interior Health. She is a Métis woman of mixed Métis and Settler heritage, and is on the journey of connecting with her Métis ancestry and culture. It is through this journey that Tracy found herself drawn to the work of Aboriginal Human Resources and advancing inclusion and equity for Aboriginal candidates and staff in her role under the Interior Health Aboriginal Human Resources Plan.
 
Tracy brings 18 years of IH experience to the conversation and is keenly interested in conversations focused on health, wellness, and equity for Aboriginal Peoples. Tracy greatly values relationship-building and collaboration with partners inside and outside of IH. 
 
Tracy lives in West Kelowna, on Traditional Syilx Territory with her spouse, her son, and her host of animals. She is a life long learner with a large collection of books of varying genres; she does her best to take time every morning to get outside and greet the morning air to start the day off right.

 

As a step towards reconciliation, Interior Health acknowledges the land that we live, work, and play on as the traditional territories of the Dakelh Dene, Ktunaxa, Nlaka’pamux, Secwepemc, St’at’imc, Syilx and Tsilhqot’in peoples. It is with humility that we continue to strengthen our relationships with the First Nation, Métis, and Inuit peoples of the interior.
MoH     PCQO