Celebrating Indigenous Health Researchers: Amelia Hunter
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To acknowledge National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day, this piece recognizes the harm the residential school system did to children’s sense of self-esteem and wellbeing and affirms our commitment to ensuring that everyone around us matters. We strive to bring forth the voices that were taken, and to establish platforms for the Indigenous community within the health sciences ecosystem to be heard, seen and understood.
Amelia Hunter is from Peawanuck, Ontario, a small remote community located along the Hudson Bay. She began her studies at Northern College and graduated with a certificate in Pre-health Sciences in 2016. She pursued further studies at Algonquin College and graduated with a 3-year advanced diploma in Biotechnology in 2021 and is currently studying Biopharmaceutical Science at Atlantic Technological University. Outside of attending classes, she is particularly interested in studying Indigenous languages and knowledge. As an Indigenous person, she hopes to one day help bridge the gap between western sciences, technology and Indigenous knowledge.
“As an Indigenous student and future Indigenous researcher, I hope to one day give back to my community by helping, supporting and mentoring other Indigenous youth who are also on the path to transforming the health and well-being of our people and communities.”