Each week, TELUS Talks with Tamara Taggart will bring exclusive conversations with experts and influencers making a difference for Canadians right now. From health and wellness, to community, to social responsibility, we’ll share stories, bust myths, provide simple and practical tips, and deliver information of value to Canadians.
Finding a business formula for giving: Suzanne Stevens
Social entrepreneur Suzanne Stevens calls for purpose and giving back to become more embedded in our businesses and our culture. In this episode, Suzanne dives into her initiative YouMeWe, and showcases the plethora of opportunities for social change and how to truly connect our actions to what we care about. She urges us to view giving as a long-term commitment, but to keep it simple - whether as a customer, entrepreneur or large business - and look for ways to contribute meaningfully.
Creating Space for authenticity: Nick North
Nick North was assigned female at birth, had four children and came out as a transgender man in his 30s. In this episode, Nick explores themes of traditional masculinity, femininity, and assigned gender roles and encourages parents to create a safe space for their children to question everything. His documentary, Just Another Beautiful Family, showcases his transition and gives an honest depiction of what’s possible for ourselves and those we love when the right support and tools are in place.
Calls for justice for Indigenous women: Judge Marion Buller
In 2016, Judge Marion Buller was appointed the Chief Commissioner of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The inquiry looked into the systemic violence against Indigenous women, girls and two-spirited people, and it was the first of its kind in Canada. Judge Buller describes her experience of hearing over 2,300 people sharing their truths and says some stories will stay with her forever. The report also made calls for justice that all Canadians can work on together.
A day for reflection and action: National Chief RoseAnne Archibald
RoseAnne Archibald made history by becoming the first woman to serve as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. She shares her perspective on the upcoming National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and says it gives non-Indigenous Canadians a day to reflect on why we have this new statutory holiday. She asks allies to pressure the government to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action and shares her vision of a healed Canada 100 years from now.
Sitting Pretty: Rebekah Taussig
Rebekah Taussig wrote Sitting Pretty, a memoir about having a body that looks and moves differently in the world. She recognized that disabled lives are almost always portrayed as tragic or triumphant when actually the experience of having a disability is quite ordinary. She challenges some of the attitudes people have toward disabilities, many under the guise of empathy, and posits that ultimately we all live in bodies that age, are vulnerable to sickness and move in and out of disabled states constantly.
Living in a stigma-free society: Andrea Paquette
Andrea Paquette founded the Stigma-Free Society in 2010 after being hospitalized for bipolar disorder and losing her home. She was hoping to address the significant stigma around mental illness, and created customized workshops, mental health toolkits and presentations to support people too embarrassed or ashamed to speak up about their experiences. Andrea believes that the more we remove judgement and encourage people to share their stories, the more educated and understanding we’ll all become.