Social Justice, Podcast, Urban Issues, Community

Episode 88: Decolonial Planning and Community Health — with Lyana Patrick

November 10, 2020
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Community-engaged scholar and filmmaker Lyana Patrick joins Am Johal to discuss how an Indigenous approach to community-building can positively impact the health and wellness of communities. 

Combining a diverse interdisciplinary background with her own lived experience, Lyana’s work addresses the ongoing colonial impacts of governance and urban planning on Indigenous community health. 

In this episode, Lyana also speaks to the importance of relationships and reciprocity in filmmaking and telling community stories, making the distinction between telling stories for communities, not simply about them.

About Our Guest

Lyana Patrick

Dr. Patrick received her BA and MA from the University of Victoria, where she specialized in Canadian history, film studies and Indigenous Governance. 

She went on to study Indigenous documentary film at the University of Washington through a Canada/US Fulbright Fellowship. Dr. Patrick completed her PhD at the University of British Columbia in 2019. Her doctoral studies brought together research interests in Indigenous community health and well-being and self-determination in urban health governance models. These interests were informed in part by three years spent completing pre-requisites for medical school and several years working in the BC Government in treaty negotiations. She joined the Faculty of Health Sciences in 2019.



Johal, Am. “Decolonial Planning and Community Health — with Lyana Patrick.” Below the Radar, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement. Podcast audio, November 10, 2020.


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