Dr. Carrie Bourassa on Serving Community, How Racism Impacts Health & Cultural Safety

Dr. Carrie Bourassa is a Chair in Northern & Indigenous Health and Senior Scientist at Health Sciences North Research Institute in Sudbury (HSNRI), Ontario and the Scientific Director of the Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health (IAPH) at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. She is Métis, belonging to the Regina Riel Métis Council #34. Dr. Bourassa is the first woman to be appointed as the Scientific Director of IAPH and shares how her perspective as a Metis woman guides her in this role.

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On today’s episode Carrie shares:

  • Her academic journey from undergrad to Ph.D.
  • Her path to becoming a researcher.
  • The realization that her purpose was to serve community.
  • A snapshot of Indigenous health research over 15 years.
  • The importance of humility as an Indigenous researcher.
  • Being guided as a Metis woman in the position of Scientific Director of the Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health.
  • Living well with lupus.
  • How racism impacts health.
  • Importance of cultural safety in the healthcare system.

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