Morning Star Lodge will be in attendance of the Annual Elders’ Gathering 2019, hosted by First Nations University of Canada in partnership with the National Centre for Collaboration in Indigenous Education. The gathering is to be held on February 19th, 2019 and February 20th, 2019. The two days are to contain ceremonies, talking circles and numerous sessions provided by Elders from across Canada and the United States. Morning Star Lodge’s Guiding Elder, Betty McKenna, is to present a session at the First Nations University, Room 2007 at 11:00 a.m.
CAG 2019: The Canadian Association on Gerontology is having their 48th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting from October 24-26, 2019 in Moncton, New Brunswick.
Morning Star Lodge would like to extend a warm welcome to Dawn Martin Hill as the newest member of our team! Dawn holds a PhD Cultural Anthropology and is one of the original founders of the Indigenous Studies Program at McMaster University. Her primary research for over two decades is working with youth and overall her research includes: environmental – water and community health research, focus on governance, gender equity and spiritual traditions, traditional medicine and well-being, Indigenous Knowledge and ways of knowing methodologies and pedagogy. Dawn’s education, experience, and knowledge will be a gift that Morning Star Lodge is truly grateful for and we are excited to learn from her mentorship.
Morning Star Lodge will be in attendance of the Treaty 4 Elders Gathering on Tuesday, January 22nd. The event will take place at the Treaty Four Governance Centre, Treaty Four Reserve Grounds #77, Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan.
The Pipe Ceremony will begin at 8:00 a.m., followed by an Opening Prayer at 10:00 a.m. and finally Lunch at 12:00 p.m.
Please see the poster below for further details and we hope to see you there!
Call for Participants: CABHI
Morning Star Lodge, through Dr. Carrie Bourassa, is seeking File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council (FHQTC) to assist us in the examination of the use of technology for Indigenous people living with dementia in the reserve communities of FHQTC community members. The aim is to review the application of technology and locally-developed language apps to aging Indigenous populations in Saskatchewan as it relates to quality of life, dementia, caregiver perspectives, Aging in Place, and the cultural significance of these topics.
Our objective is to examine the lived experience of Indigenous people living with dementia and their primary caregivers to understand the role of Indigenous culture, knowledge, spirituality and ceremony that are relevant to dementia, technology, language, and Aging in Place.
For this project, our participants must:
Be an Indigenous person living with dementia over the age of 18.
Have a primary caregiver that is preferably a community or family member.
Currently reside in a File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council community or be originally from one of these communities.
If you would like to participate in this project, or have questions, you may contact:
Marlin Legare- Research Assistant Morning Star Lodge
Morning Star Lodge would like to send our condolences to the O'Watch family and the community of Carry the Kettle First Nation. Freda O'Watch has worked with Morning Star Lodge in many capacities. She was a part of the Canadian Indigenous Cognitive Assessment (CICA) project and assisted with translating a dementia assessment tool from English to Nakota. She was involved in our Community Research Advisory Committee (CRAC) and most recently the Water Economics, Policy, and Governance Network (WEPGN) session that took place at the All Nations Healing Hospital. Freda was an amazing lady to work with, we will miss her warm hugs and seeing her friendly smile. Pinamaya Freda for all your great work with Morning Star Lodge and the community we serve.
"It’s said when a life giver leaves their earthly body, communities build a fire and make offerings and plead to her spirit to not forget us with a promise to celebrate their lifeways and teachings - our way of not forgetting them and passing her legacy onward to future young ones. Migwetch (the words of my Anishnabae ancestor grandmothers)" - Elder Betty McKenna
If you would like to pay respects, show support, or view information regarding the services, please follow the link below:
Morning Star Lodge will be in attendance of the Winter Solstice Ceremony, held on December 21st, 2018 at the All Nations Hope Network, Regina. The ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m. with a pipe ceremony and will continue with ceremony, self-care appointments and a feast until 4:00 p.m. All communities are invited.
Morningstar Lodge hosted our Community Research Advisory Committee (CRAC) meeting on December 13th, 2018 at the All Nations Healing Hospital, we shared a nice turkey lunch to celebrate the holiday season as we discussed Water Governance, Canadian Indigenous Cognitive Assessment and other projects we have through the lodge
On December 6th Morning Star Lodge had a session for focus groups to discuss Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network at All Nations Hope Hospital in Fort Qu'Appelle, lead by Marlin Legare. All participants were from the communities of File Hills Fort Qu'Appelle Tribal Council.
The final report for Digging Deep: Examining the Root Causes of HIV and AIDS Among Aboriginal Women is out today for World AIDS Day. This project began in 2014 and concluded in 2018 and involved a collaboration between Morning Star Lodge and All Nations Hope Network (ANHN). The report features direct quotations from the Indigenous women who participated in the project and aims to describe the role of colonization in current HIV rates and identify culturally appropriate services available and needed for HIV positive Indigenous women. More information about Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week at ANHN can be found here: http://allnationshope.ca/event-calendar/list/all
The final report for Digging Deep is available here:
Call for Participants
Morning Star Lodge, through Dr. Carrie Bourassa, is seeking File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council (FHQTC) community members to assist us in the examination and identification of the cultural significance of water governance and water resource management to Indigenous women. The aim is to use these perspectives to create culturally appropriate water governance models for Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan. Focus groups begin at the All Nations Healing Hospital, Fort Qu’Appelle on Thursday, December 6th, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Our objective is to examine the lived experience of Indigenous people, with particular focus on Indigenous women, to understand the role of Indigenous culture, knowledge, spirituality and ceremony that are relevant to water resource management. We will help them to develop ways of learning about water economics, water policy, and community-based solutions that are culturally safe. Our specific objectives include:
•To examine and understand the lived experience of Indigenous people and their roles on water resource management; and
•To examine and understand the aspects of Indigenous culture, knowledge, spirituality and ceremony that is related to improving the quality and access to water in their communities. These two domains will be explored in relation to policies and practices that influence access to appropriate water resource management (e.g., policy issues, geography, role of Indigenous women). For this project, participants must:
•Be an Indigenous woman over the age of 18. Women are preferred, but men are welcome, too.
•Currently reside in a File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council community.
•Have an interest in water governance policies and water resource management within their communities.
•Participants will receive an honorarium and mileage coverage for their time.
If you would like to participate in this project, or have questions, you may contact:
Morning Star Lodge
The committee members and Morning Star Lodge held a meeting on November 21, 2018 at the All Nations Healing Hospital in Fort Qu’Appelle. There was discussions on future workshops, projects grants for CABHI, CICA and CCNA and updates. Next meeting will be held on December 13, 2018 at the All Nations Healing Hospital from 10am-2pm.
Morning Star Lodge staff member Marlin Legare attended the Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network (WEPGN) AGM in Vancouver, BC on September 13&14, 2018 at the University of British Columbia. Marlin did a wonderful presentation on the current projects and the progress.
Morning Star Lodge got into the spirit of Halloween yesterday by throwing a party and potluck lunch. The festivities were also a celebration of Louise BigEagle, who will be moving to Calgary in the near future. Her hard work is greatly appreciated and Morning Star Lodge wishes her nothing but continued success.
Morning Star Lodge was pleased to be out in the community on October 19th to meet Indigenous artists Isaac Murdoch and Christi Belcourt. Murdoch and Belcourt were at All Nations Hope in Regina, SK during a Canada-wide tour of Indigenous art. For this specific project, the artists were providing All Nations with a new mural meant as a homage to missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. For more information about Isaac, Christi, and their artwork please visit http://onamancollective.com/who-we-are/
Morning Star Lodge is proud to have been in attendance at AGE-WELL’s 4th Annual Conference from October 16, 2018 to October 18, 2018 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Morning Star Lodge representatives Danette Starblanket and Mackenzie Jardine attended the conference to speak about the lab’s current research regarding how the introduction of technology may assist elderly Indigenous individuals and those living with dementia.
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Are you a motivated individual with an interest in advancing the health of Indigenous communities? Are you pursuing education such as a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree relating to Indigenous health? If so, Morning Star Lodge is seeking you to become a part of our unique and innovative research team!
If you are interested in this exciting career opportunity, please review the qualifications and application process below. You may forward your application and all relevant documentation to the contact information below. You may also view the job posting at the bottom of this page.
Open Date: 9/28/2018
Closing Date: Until Filled
Description: There is one opening for this posting. Located in Regina, SK.
Primary Purpose: Morning Star Lodge, established by the Canada Foundation for Innovation and supported and maintained by the U of S, is a lab that embodies mentorship. It is a student training lab that fosters a team environment where undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral trainees are supervised by Dr. Bourassa and her academic team. Elders are also actively involved in guiding every research project as they play a critical role in the lab and are always available to student trainees. Innovative Indigenous research methodologies are blended with Western methodologies to exemplify the "Two-Eyed Seeing Model" in the lab. Mentorship in the lab happens not only between academic supervisor/student but also between students as well as between Elders and students, community members and students and, especially, between community members and academics.
Indigenous Community-Based Research is based on four core values (sometimes called the “4 Rs”): respect, responsibility, reciprocity and relevance. Our model embodies these values, as we understand that our diverse projects are relevant not only to our community partners but to all involved.
We are seeking a part-time graduate student to assist with a variety of Indigenous community-based health projects. This position will be based out of the Morning Star Lodge Research Lab in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Successful candidates will be involved in academic literature search, project management, website development and simple data collection (phone calls, surveys and scrutiny of secondary sources). Other duties may include:
Assistance in the designing and administration of questionnaires
Data analysis (Nvivo, SPSS) – experience desirable but training can be provided
Interviewing participants (if required)
Proofreading and development/writing of scholarly documents and policy articles
Assistance in transcribing documents
Assistance in preparation of presentations, reports and other project related topics
Assistance in the development of manuscripts for publication
Assistance in the production and editing of digital video media
Direct supervisor will be Dr. Carrie Bourassa; however, research assistants will report directly to lab co-supervisors and to a committee of community members and Elders involved with the CIHR research grants.
Education: Undergraduate/graduate degree or courses in Indigenous Studies or Indigenous Health Studies, social sciences, or kinesiology/health. Master’s degree preferred.
Candidates must be organized, maintain excellent oral and written skills and be familiar with Microsoft Excel, library database search and academic citation techniques.
Experience with survey and qualitative research methods
Understanding of the history of colonization in Canada is an asset
Previous research experience, including the preparation of research papers for academic journals
Experience with NVivo and SPSS software is an asset
Demonstrate superior cultural sensitivity
Ability to travel and participate in field work
Ability to speak a First Nations language is an asset
Living Indigenous experience an asset
It is essential that students be able to work with minimum supervision.
Interested candidates must submit a resume and cover letter to:
Nicole Akan, Research Lab Coordinator
University of Saskatchewan, Morning Star Lodge Research Lab
401-2631 28th Avenue
Regina SK S4S 6X3
On September 5th, 2018, the Morning Star Lodge travelled to Carry the Kettle Nakoda Nation for the 4th meeting of the Nakota Advisory Group. The Nakota Advisory Group is helping to translate an assessment tool for CICA (Canadian Indigenous Cognitive Assessment). Elders Freda O’Watch, Diane Smith, Felix Ashdohonk and Maxine Thompson are helping guide, advise and consult with Morning Star Lodge on the proper use of the Nakota Language.
The 32nd Annual Treaty 4 Gathering was held on September 10th to 16th, 2018 in Fort Qu’Appelle, SK. This year thousands of First Nations along with non-First Nations people participated in many different activities and events. The gathering provides opportunities for education of Treaties, Language, and History; these activities included:
· A pipe ceremony and flag raising each day
· A feast in honour of our ancestors and recognition of Treaty 4
· Three days of Great Plains Culture & Language gathering-September 11th to 13th
· Three days of Treaty 4 student activities-September 11th to 13th
· YAP Interactive Career Fair-September 13th
· Treaty 4 Annual Baseball Tournament for Adult and Youth-September 14th to 16th
· Annual Golf Championship-September 14th to 15th
· Co-Ed All Nation Volleyball Tournament-September 15th
· 32nd Annual Treaty 4 Powwow-September 15th to 16th
· Parade-September 15th
The Treaty 4 territory is a portion of southern Saskatchewan that spans over 195,000 square kilometers in both Saskatchewan and the western segment of Manitoba with a total of 36 First Nations representing 60,000 members, Treaty 4 includes members of Regina, Moose Jaw, Swift Current, Weyburn and Yorkton, along with many different others.
Morning Star Lodge staff was proud to be in attendance and involved in File Hills Qu'Appelle Tribal Council's (FHQTC) Rock Awareness Project, which concluded with the planting of the rocks and a symbolic Saskatoon berry tree to honour and remember loved ones within the community either living with or had lived with dementia. More information about the Rock Awareness project can be found in the FHQTC Dementia Project Fall Newsletter— October 2017, found here. In the newsletter background information regarding the project written by FHQ Health Services Community Research Assistant Jessica Dieter can be found that reads:
Throughout the summer the Dementia Project Research Team had travelled across File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council (FHQTC) attending Health Fairs, Open Houses and Treaty Days. They wanted to do more than provide information about the project and raise awareness about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, but also engage with the community in a culturally appropriate manner, that is how “The Rock Awareness Project” came to be. So far they have collected over 50 rocks in which participants either wrote words of encouragement, shared special memories, or even created images to represent a loved one who is struggling with the effects of dementia, or in some cases lived with dementia and have now passed on. Once they have visited every community, they plan to honour the rocks in ceremony or in a culturally appropriate community event. They have yet to decide what that will entail but the Community Research Advisory Committee will guide them through that process.