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Indigenous Health Educational Series

  • 30-Jan-2024
  • 8:00 PM
  • Zoom - Link in registration confirmation.


Indigenous Experiences in the Colonial Medical System

Join us for our next Indigenous Health Educational Series with guest speaker Sandra Bender. "Indigenous Experiences in the Colonial Medical System"

All Are Welcome To Attend


The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) is the permanent, safe home for all statements, documents, and other materials gathered by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). In this presentation, we will discuss the history of Indian Hospitals and segregated health care in Canada, eugenics laws and forced sterilizations, clashes between traditional Indigenous medicine and western medicine, the health-related sections of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), and the TRC’s Calls to Action on health.

(A 60-minute, live Zoom presentation plus 30 minutes at the end for Q&A.)

A recording of the session will be made available afterwards to share widely.

Speaker Bio: Community Engagement and Education Program Coordinator Sandra Bender (she/her) is a lifelong human rights advocate and brings her passion for public education to her work. As a second generation Canadian of grandparents who came to this land as adult immigrants and refugees, she is a staunch Indigenous ally and strives to use her position of privilege to further understanding and reconciliation through outreach and education. Sandra is a proud member of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, feminist, and neurodivergent, and believes in bringing an intersectional lens to every aspect of her life. Past work has included Indigenous land claims advocacy, work with the unhoused communities in Winnipeg and Atlanta, work with newly-arrived refugees, and advocacy with the local 2SLGBTQIA+ community. Sandra holds several undergrad degrees and a masters, is an ex-opera singer, fitness & hiking enthusiast, and runs the music program at a church in downtown Winnipeg.

Sandra Bender
Community Engagement and Education Coordinator | Coordonatrice de l'engagement communautaire et de l'éducation
National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation | Centre national pour la vérité et la réconciliation


The SRPC's Indigenous Health Committee is committed to developing a series of virtual, educational events to bring awareness and provide learning opportunities for all SRPC members about Indigenous health education.  We encourage all SRPC members to participate. 

Visit the SRPC Indigenous Health page to watch past series. 

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