Informed Policy Practices Through a Lens of Decolonization
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Santanna Hernandez is Dene, from the Liidlii Kue Nation in the Northwest Territories. Being raised on the traditional territory of the Sto:lo Nation and spending many years as a guest on the unceded territory of Sinixt (Lakes), the Syilx (Okanagan), the Ktunaxa, and the Secwepemc (Shuswap) nations whom she honors many of the traditions and gifts shared with her. She is a first-year medical student at the University of Calgary. She is currently the VP External-National for the CMSA, an advisor on the ii’taa’poh’to’p student advisory circle and is continually working on research and initiatives to support Indigenous students at the University. She previously served as the Co-Chair of the National Indigenous Advisory Committee with the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations and the Indigenous Student Representative for the BC Federation of Students. With a Bachelor of Indigenous Social Work Degree from the University of Victoria, her focus was Indigenous Health and Policy and working towards advancing Indigenous Voices within Health and Education.