Just One Q podcast cover with guest Christine Platt

Collaborating with Indigenous Individuals and Communities

How should people and organizations approach the task of indigenizing or decolonizing their services?

It starts with a willingness and openness to engage and build relationships. Be intentional, humble, prepared, and respectful when engaging with Indigenous individuals and communities.

On this episode of Just One Q, Dominique chats with guest Christine Platt, the Geriatric Systems Implementation Facilitator at the Waterloo Wellington Older Adult Strategy. They reflect on their journey of learning and connection with local Indigenous communities while co-creating the Caring for Older Indigenous Adults in Waterloo Wellington course. They talk about some practical considerations for building relationships with Indigenous individuals and communities, and discuss the benefits of indigenizing healthcare and social services.


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Christine Platt

Geriatric Systems Implementation Facilitator | Waterloo Wellington Older Adult Strategy

After working in curatorial and education in fine arts, including at the Museum of Inuit Art and in public exhibitions with Indigenous artists in Canada, such as Christie Belcourt and Bonnie Devine, Christine shifted to homemaking for 5 years to raise her family.

Two and a half years ago, Christine joined the Waterloo Wellington Older Adult Strategy as Geriatric Systems Implementation Facilitator. In this role she works with the health system, community partners, older adults, and caregivers to enhance collaboration & innovation to support older adults in aging well. She looks at both upstream supports for those who are healthy, as well as specialized geriatric services for those who are frail living with complex, chronic conditions. She implements the 10 year strategy through facilitating working groups and overseeing multiple projects with a focus on engaging and learning from local older adults and systems partners to effect transformation within the region.


Caring for Indigenous Older Adults in Waterloo WellingtonCaring for Indigenous Older Adults in Waterloo Wellington

Geriatric Essentials eLearning

Values and Teachings

Crow Shield Lodge

Dr. Kathy Absolon

Wilfrid Laurier University

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