People: Quatsino First Nation of northern Vancouver Island
UVic degree: Bachelor of Social Work, 1994
Job: UVic Indigenous Affairs Director
What she does: In a matter of months, Hunt-Jinnouchi’s influence is already being felt in Aboriginal communities and on campus. She’s helped initiate a new program matching UVic Nursing students with members of the local Tsawout First Nation. Twelve students and 12 band members are collaborating on health awareness projects. The students will also spend two days in the band’s long house to learn from elders and to get a full community perspective on health issues.
Key quote: “There’s equal knowledge, just different ways of learning. The idea (for the healthcare collaboration) came from the community. My job has been just to provide the links.”
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