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I am releasing all of the digital health stories today because my website updates are complete and my finished research paper is available for downloadDigital Storytelling as an Indigenous Women’s Health Advocacy Tool: Empowering Indigenous Women to Frame Their Health Stories. Most of the information that I was going to share with you in this newsletter is now available in my research paper. Please feel free to share these digital stories through the sharing menu located on each video. If you have any questions about this research please contact me through email: Shelley@womenwarriors.club. 

I am excited to inform you that we have received the SSHRC Connections grant with match funding from the Alberta Indigenous Mentorship in Health Innovation Network to host a Women in Research conference scheduled to take place in Yellowknife, June 5th-7th, 2020. Our primary investigators on this grant are Dr. Janelle Baker, Assistant Professor in Anthropology at Athabasca University & Dr. Stephanie Montesanti, an applied health policy researcher with the School of Public Health (SPH) and Scientist with the Centre for Healthy Communities at the University of Alberta. Co-applicants are Dr. Jennifer Leason, assistant professor at the University of Calgary and Canada research chair and Dr. Cheryl Barnabe, MD MSc FRCPC, rheumatologist with a graduate degree in Clinical Epidemiology, Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. I am a collaborator on this grant because I am a full-time student finishing my last year of my Bachelor of Arts, Sociology & Women & Gender Studies at Athabasca University. Please go to the Women Warriors website to view our keynote speakers, Dr. Carrie Bourassa and Senator Lillian Dyck (also featured below) and our list of amazing presenters. More details to come so please subscribe to our newsletter to stay up-to-date!


Our Keynote Speakers

Carrie Bourassa
Carrie Bourassa, PhD is the Scientific Director of CIHR’s Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health (IIPH). Through IIPH, she leads the advancement of a national health research agenda to improve and promote the health of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples in Canada. The Institute is now operating from the University of Saskatchewan where she is a tenured Professor in the Department of Community Health & Epidemiology, College of Medicine. Full bio Here

Women in Research Keynote Presentation:Ethical research in Indigenous communities and the strategic priority of IIPH to increase FN, Métis, and Inuit health researchers across Canada. Relevant and impactful Indigenous health research requires engagement with Indigenous communities and accommodation of Indigenous knowledge, languages, methodologies and protocols. Dr. Bourassa will discuss ethical research, that is research undertaken by and at the direction of Indigenous communities. Specifically, she will provide examples of ethical engagement based on the research she undertakes at the direction of Indigenous communities that she serves out of her Indigenous community based lab, Morning Star Lodge in Regina, SK.  She will also provide an overview the recently launched IIPH strategic plan based on a two year engagement with Indigenous communities across Canada that will focus on self-determination, building capacity both in the academy and communities and prioritize Indigenous knowledges and Indigenous Research Methodologies.

Senator Lillian Dyck
Senator Lillian Dyck, PhD is a member of the Gordon First Nation in Saskatchewan, and a first generation Chinese Canadian. The Honourable Dr. Lillian Eva Quan Dyck is well-known for advocating for equity in the education and employment of women, Chinese Canadians and Aboriginals.  She is the first female First Nations senator and first Canadian born Chinese senator. She earned her Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Master of Science Degrees in Biochemistry in 1968 and 1970, respectively and obtained a Ph.D. in Biological Psychiatry in 1981, all from the University of Saskatchewan. She was conferred a Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa by Cape Breton University in 2007. Full bio on our website

Recent Media: 1) CBC News North – Senator ‘flabbergasted’ by some testimony on northern fact-finding tour. 2) People who kill Indigenous women punished less than those who kill non-Indigenous women, Senator’s study finds.

Women in Research Keynote Presentation:My identity has shaped my research as a scientist and as a senator. In research, the concept of scientific objectivity and neutrality of the researcher is central to the belief system of the scientific method. However, this is an ideal to which scientists aspire and while it is an admirable goal, it obscures the value that racial and gender diversity in perspectives brings to scientific research. The types of research questions asked, the approaches used to answer those questions and the interpretation of the results depend on the identity of the individual researcher.  Unfortunately, most fields of Western science have been dominated and controlled by white male researchers, which for some of us who are different, especially for my and earlier generations, has made it more difficult to succeed because our perspectives were not valued and because of gender and racial discrimination.  Yet our difference is what fuels creativity – the most valued and sought after aspect of scientific research.  In my presentation, I will discuss how my life experiences as a female Cree-Chinese Canadian have shaped my research both as a scientist and as a senator.