The most important lesson Kirsten Lindley (BHSc '24) learned during her studies at ULethbridge is about the power our environment has on all of us.

Bridging the gap between Western science and my generational teachings, my traditional teachings have shown me that everything is connected… the land, the animals and the people. The Public Health Program expanded my understanding of how the health of one aspect impacts the health of all living things.

Meet Kirsten: Determined. Visionary. Advocate.
Hometown: Keremeos, B.C.
Program: Bachelor of Health Sciences | Major: Public Health

What is your most memorable ULethbridge experience?

Our presentation on Indigenous languages as a health intervention in Global Health, my research paper on LandBack as a health issue in Health and Society, and using Syilx oral traditions to inform health promotion.

Is there someone specific who had an important influence on your ULethbridge experience?

Instructors Silvia Koso and Keltie Hamilton have been important influences during my time at ULethbridge. Silvia has been a great instructor who pushes me to strive for better in my studies. Keltie was such a huge support while I dealt with the passing of a family member. She provided grace and flexibility during an emotional and trying time.

From left to right are Kirsten's sister Teigan, Kirsten, her brother Sterling, her mom Trudy and her late brother Sage.

Did you receive scholarships and awards?

I received the Students’ Union Quality Initiatives Scholarship. The money I received from this scholarship provided economic stability so I could further pursue my educational goals and excel in my studies.

What have you gained from the liberal education experience at ULethbridge?

The liberal education at ULethbridge has helped me to expand my worldview. I improved my ability in considering how individual life experience is deeply influenced by the systems we live in.

What are your hopes and plans for the future?

My hopes and plans for the future are to centre Indigenous perspectives of health. This includes Indigenous languages, Indigenous food sovereignty and cultural practices as health prevention and interventions.

Kirsten prepares salmon to be dried near the Fraser River in Stl'atl'imx territory.

What are three awesome things about you?

My commitment to my community, my sense of humour, and my passion for Indigenous culture and issues.

What advice would you like to give those who are about to begin their journey at ULethbridge?

Be confident in your voice, take up space and be creative incorporating topics that interest you in your studies.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to explore new places in the city, learn and try traditional plant foods and medicines, and spending time with family and friends.

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