Interior Voices Podcast
Interior Voices is our Aboriginal health and wellness podcast series that explores the intersection of health and culture in the workplace, our everyday lives and patient care.
Here are just a few of our and initiatives that we have highlighted in our first four years of sharing Aboriginal health and wellness content:
Tracy is the business partner of Aboriginal Employee Experience at 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’s 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.
Jade is part of the Aboriginal Partnerships team and one of IH’s three Aboriginal Cultural Safety and Humility Educators. She identifies as Cree-Metis; her homelands are Saskatoon on Treaty 6 Territory. Jade joined IH in 2018 after working for the Saskatchewan provincial health authority for over 7 years.
Jade has followed Interior Voices since its 2018 launch and has joined as a guest on previous episodes. She enjoys having conversations and learning more about the social and historical contexts that influence the interpersonal relationships between Aboriginal Peoples and settler populations, and Aboriginal health and wellness.
Jade currently resides in West Kelowna on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Syilx Nation with her husband, Adam, their two sons, Berkley and Boston, and their miniature dachshund, Lucy.
Jody Wagner proudly identifies as a Métis woman and situates herself as an uninvited guest living on Syilx Nation Territory in Kelowna, where she relocated from Alberta in 2008.
With gratitude and humility, she works as a practice lead on the Aboriginal Mental Wellness Team supporting efforts to learn the priorities of Indigenous Partners across the region and to enact their recommendations through advocacy, planning, evaluation and ongoing collaboration.
In joining Interior Voices, she plans to share the perspective gained through the many teachers that have contributed to her journey—especially those of care recipients who continue to guide us towards models of care that are safe, appropriate, and relevant as defined by them.
Nicole Taylor-Sterritt is a lead with the Aboriginal Health & Wellness team at Interior Health. She is mixed heritage, a member of the Kispiox Band (Gitxsan Nation) and European, and a heart-centered leader who is committed to building and strengthening relationships with Indigenous communities across the country.
Her background in Culinary and Event Management led her to co-founding the Indigenous Women’s Leadership Summit (IWLS) where she utilized her education and experience to build and collaborate on projects across the country and has been continuously inspired to learn and collaborate with Indigenous peoples.
She was born and raised on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territory in what is now known as Vancouver, BC, but now calls the territories of the Syilx Okanagan peoples (Kelowna, BC) home. Nicole enjoys hiking with her dog Sage, snowboarding, camping and spending as much time outdoors and on the land as possible.
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