Bea's Story Presentation Sponsored by Dr. Peter Centre at CCSA, 2023

Bea's Story

From November 20th to the 22nd, the Dr. Peter Centre Knowledge Translation and Evaluation (KTE) team participated in the CCSA Conference held in Vancouver, BC. On the morning of November 20th, the KTE team collaborated with Florence Ranville and Ashley Smoke to present the Well-being Project: Addressing the Impacts of Gender-Based Violence Among Indigenous Women, Two-Spirited, and Genderfluid Individuals with Living or Lived Experience of STBBIs and/or Substance Use amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Well-Being Project, established by CAAN and the Dr. Peter Centre, aimed to achieve several objectives:

  1. Assess how COVID-19 affected experiences of GBV within Indigenous communities.
  2. Develop strategies to enhance frontline service providers' ability to deliver culturally sensitive, stigma-free, and trauma-informed GBV response services.
  3. Involve individuals with living or lived experience in creating GBV prevention/intervention resources.

One of the knowledge products resulting from the Well-being project was a video titled "Bea - Systemic Racism in Healthcare: An Indigenous HIV+ Woman's Experience with Gender-Based Violence & The Care She Deserved." This 8-minute video portrays the story of an Indigenous woman living with HIV who encountered gender-based violence, leading her to an emergency hospital where she faced additional stigma and discrimination.

Regarding the Video: The creation of this video aimed to educate and raise awareness about the colonial practices and mindset within our healthcare system. These practices perpetuate stigma and discrimination, resulting in traumatic experiences and further marginalization of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. The video presents a raw yet authentic truth to facilitate learning and pave the way for genuine reconciliation.

Bea’s Story can be found at the following link:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/wdela797xexyna2/BeaStory_1080_0529_FINAL (1).mp4?dl=0