As HIV-positive people, we are often asked to share our lived experiences to educate, inspire and advocate. Speaking truth through story can be an empowering release, but there are lessons to be learned and pitfalls to avoid. James Watson sits down with Doris Peltier to learn more as she reflects on the power of story's impact on people living with HIV and its place in Indigenous culture and her family.
Our episode guest
Community Engagement Coordinator with the FEAST Centre for Indigenous STBBI Research
Doris has been active and passionately involved in Indigenous community-based research, and is fluent in her Indigenous language, which frames her worldview and approach to Indigenous research.
Lady MacBeth or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman
2. Acting or directing?
3. City or forest? Forest
4. Poetry or novels? Novels
5. Song or dance? Dance
Doris is a gifted storyteller and performer, and currently works as a Community Engagement Coordinator with the Feast Centre for Indigenous STBBI Research, a national, community-driven research center responding to sexually transmitted blood-borne infections in Indigenous communities.
Creating safe spaces that allow for empowering and thoughtful conversations about HIV are important for engaging with Indigenous communities, and Doris points to a facilitation guide created for the CAAN and CATIE production Strong Medicine as an important tool.
The following photographs were provided by Doris as a way of documenting pivotal life events in her journey as a storyteller, performer, activist and researcher.