Joanna Vautour considers her home to be Serpent River First Nation, located midway between Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury.
There, amongst the sounds of the highway, the sights of the cedars, raspberries and orange lillies, and the Thunderbird painting on her grandparents’ home, Joanna feels most at peace.
Now the Aboriginal Patient Navigator serving the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and other Toronto-region hospitals, Joanna grew up in Toronto, ON. Her mother, who hailed from Serpent River, made sure her children were closely connected to their Anishinaabe heritage.
You are listening to UHN Home, where we're telling stories to mark Canada 150. Every week, we'll tell you the stories of people who came from all around the world and stories of people whose families have called Canada home for thousands of years. They all work at the nation's largest research hospital: the University Health Network.
Produced by: Ana Gajic and Andrew Berthiaume
Cover art by: Jose Ongpin
Editing, production and storyboarding support for the series: Jarrett Churchill, Brianne Tulk, Danielle Pereira, Jessie Park, Jolson Lim, and Erica Ngao
Royalty-free from: Whitesand
Song performed by: Rose Stella and partner at National Aboriginal Day celebrations for Princess Margaret Cancer Centre