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Whose Health? Exploring Well-being from Diverse Perspectives – IDW 2021 Kickoff Event

February 8 @ 12:00 pm

Join BCCIC, Amnesty International, UBC ORICE, the Simon K.Y Lee Global Lounge, SFU International, and the Vancouver School of Economics for this IDW 2021 kick-off event!

As individuals and communities face growing complex and interconnected challenges to their physical, social, mental, and emotional well-being, we aim to explore the different approaches to health and well-being that exist within our international communities. Our panelists will offer a variety of perspectives on how well-being and wellness can be understood through cultural practices, traditional medicinal wisdom, and holistic understandings of health. These perspectives will challenge us to unpack our colonial versions of well-being, while embracing diverse viewpoints that exist.

This panel is part of BCCIC’s IDW 2021 series on well-being. This year’s theme emerged during a global pandemic and in the midst of calls for social change, when individual and collective well-being have been matters of deep concern and necessity. Well-being has provided moments of reflection, challenge, and inspiration. As we have struggled to cope with challenge, change and uncertainty, we have also aspired to a more holistic, healthy future. Join us for daily event that speak to and nurture well-being.


Fernanda Wanderley: a researcher on Bolivian and Latin American economy and society who will be speaking to concepts such as Buen Vivir and its links to well-being and social movements.

Nada El Masry: the current manager of the Refugee Livelihoods Lab and recipient of a 2019 BC Anti-Racism Award, among other achievements, who will be speaking to her work building social, economic, and political capital for racialized refugee and migrant communities and how this work relates to well-being.

Navi Gill: the founder of Navi Wellness who practices Ayurveda will speak to her work to decolonize wellness and will discuss holistic approaches to well-being.


Lyana Patrick:  an assistant professor at SFU and researcher of Indigenous health and justice, urban Indigenous community planning, Indigenous community health and well-being, and institutional change through decolonizing education.


February 8
12:00 pm