Indigenous health inequities – UVic’s Charlotte Loppie

Indigenous health inequities – UVic’s Charlotte Loppie


[Music] My name is Charlotte Loppie and I research indigenous health, more specifically indigenous
people living with HIV. I think this type of research is important
to Canadians because it demonstrates the value of community engagement within indigenous
peoples. Because there has been so much exportation
by researchers of communities in the past, we have to be very careful that people know
who we are, they know what our intentions are, they have a sense of trust in us. And those aren’t just buzz words. Those are real, meaningful elements of the
relationships that we have. Students that I work with are fully engaged
in the research process, not only just in the learning role, but as active participants
in that role. So again, my philosophy
is that you learn by doing and so when students engage with me in any kind of learning, whether it’s graduate
students, whether it’s students in class, I advocate that they gain experience, so I try to provide them with as many experiences as possible. They can be involved in writing proposals. They’re involved in analysis. They’re involved in community-level work, so they often will attend group
meetings with community members that we’re partnering with on the research. So they’re fully engaged. What I’m hoping to do is contribute to the
next generation of folks who are going to be decision makers and law makers and legislators and practitioners, whose decisions have a huge impact on the lives of indigenous people [Music]

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