Anishnabe Days Health Fair

On August 22, 2019, Morning Star Lodge attended a health fair in Muskcowpetung Saulteaux Nation. The health fair included workshops for youth and information kiosks, and a variety of other activities are happening throughout the week as part of Muskcowpetung Saulteaux Nation’s Anishnabe Days. MSL staff enjoyed sharing information about health research happening at the lab, and learning about other Indigenous health initiatives happening in our area.

MSL Presents at Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC) 2019

Morning Star Lodge staff Danette Starblanket and Marlin Legare attended the AAIC 2019 conference in Los Angeles in July. Danette and Marlin presented key takeaways from the Centre for Brain Health and Innovation (CABHI) funded project, Testing Locally Developed Language Apps to Reduce Caregiver Stress and Promote Aging in Place in Indigenous Populations.

$100.8 Million Investment in National Environments for Indigenous Health Research (NEIHR) Program Announced at UVIC

On July 16, 2019 at the University of Victoria, the Scientific Director of the Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health Dr. Carrie Bourassa and Canada’s Minister of Health Ginette Petitpas announced the largest single investment into Indigenous health research that the federal government has ever committed. The $100.8 million investment will be rolled out over 16 years to establish a network of centres focused on capacity development, research and knowledge translation, and better health outcomes for Indigenous communities.

CRAC Meeting: August 1, 2019

On August 1, 2019 Morning Star Lodge attended a Community Research Advisory Committee (CRAC) meeting with community members of the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council (FHQTC). Project updates and upcoming events were discussed, including the AGE-WELL Catalyst Symposium on September 14th at the Treaty Four Governance Centre. The committee was happy to receive updated information packages on all projects that make up the MSL and FHQTC partnership.

Pasqua Treaty Day 2019

Morning Star Lodge staff attended Pasqua Treaty Day on June 28, 2019. The community event at Ashams Beach consisted of annual treaty payments, a free catered community BBQ, face painting, petting zoo, laser tag, boat rides, hair cuts, watermelon eating contest, and numerous educational booths. Morning Star Lodge staff distributed information about dementia awareness, MSL’s partnership with the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council, and our Indigenous Technology Needs Exploration project.

CIHR's Institute of Indigenous Peoples' Health (IIPH) Launch Strategic Plan at U of S

Congratulations to Scientific Director Dr. Carrie Bourassa and everyone at IIPH on the launch of the Strategic Plan today at the University of Saskatchewan. Grounding research in Indigenous holistic concepts of health is a priority of the plan. Rather than focusing on addressing specific diseases, the strategy will be to look at underlying factors that influence wellness and resilience such as Indigenous self-determination, community wellness, and environmental factors, while advancing research by increasing the number of Indigenous researchers and communities engaged in research, fostering Indigenous research mentorship, and undertaking research into land-based healing strategies such as use of traditional medicines.

Hosting Visitors from the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CABHI)

Morning Star Lodge was excited to host our special guests from the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CABHI), Stacey Guy and Dr. Allison Sekuler on Monday, June 24, 2019. The day began with a tour of the lab in Regina, SK and Elder Betty spoke about the history of the lab and the concepts that guide us.

Our guests were escorted to Fort Qu’Appelle, SK where the events began with a smudge, opening prayer, and water ceremony provided by Elder Betty. The guests had the opportunity to meet members of the Community Research Advisory Committee (CRAC) and were then given a tour of the All Nations Healing Hospital by staff of the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council (FHQTC). The group then traveled to the Treaty 4 Governance Centre in Fort Qu’Appelle, SK for a series of presentations by Morning Star Lodge on concepts such as Cultural Safety, the Collective Consensual Data Analytic Procedure (CCDAP), Indigenous Community-based Research, and an update on the project that Morning Star Lodge has been undertaking under CABHI.

Finally, guests were treated to supper in Regina, SK and had the opportunity to unwind with Morning Star Lodge staff. Morning Star Lodge thanks Stacey Guy and Dr. Allison Sekuler for travelling to the lab, meeting the community members that direct our research, and for the opportunities that CABHI continues to provide.

Indigenous Peoples Day 2019

Morning Star Lodge celebrated the first day of summer by welcoming the sun with songs and prayers. We would like to wish everyone a happy Indigenous Peoples Day!

Little Black Bear, Okanese, Peepeekisis and StarBlanket Treaty Day

Morning Star Lodge staff were in attendance for Little Black Bear, Okanese, Peepeekisis and Star Blanket Treaty Day on June 19, 2019 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. The community event consisted of annual treaty payments, free catered community barbecue, face painting and numerous educational booths. Staff were able to share information on who we are, and our various projects at the Morning Star Lodge to the community members. Ann and Heather also had seen fellow CRAC and community participants out at Treaty Day.  

CRAC Meeting: June 14, 2019

On June 14, 2019 Morning Star Lodge attended a Community Research Advisory Committee (CRAC) meeting with community members of the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council (FHQTC) to discuss our ongoing partnership. Morning Star Lodge presented on upcoming funding opportunities. The feedback and guidance provided by the CRAC helps Morning Star Lodge to align its work with the community vision. The group also discussed plans for upcoming events this summer.

Dr. Carrie Bourassa Appointed to International Panel

Congratulations, Dr. Carrie Bourassa, on joining the International Science Advisory Panel with the National Science Challenge for Ageing Well – Kia eke kairangi ki te taikaumātuatanga. This panel provides an independent perspective on research plans and strategies, reviews the quality and potential impact of research, as well as translational activities. It will ensure that the science is innovative, meets international best practice, and may provide advice on new or evolving research opportunities. The panel also brings connections with international research programmes and networks. Local independent members also provide a perspective on the New Zealand context of research and play a part in helping to identify gaps in the portfolio to be targeted through future contestable funding.

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Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2019

Now in its 88th year, the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is the convergence of over 70 scholarly associations, each holding their annual conference under one umbrella. With the theme “Circles of Conversation,” Congress 2019 in Vancouver emphasized the deep, two-way relationships between the university and the communities it serves: local, provincial, national and global. Particular attention was focused on productive scholarly relations with Indigenous communities.

MSL’s Marlin Legare and Danette Starblanket presented on the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CABHI) and Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network (WEPGN) projects.

MSL’s Marlin Legare and Danette Starblanket presented on the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CABHI) and Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network (WEPGN) projects.

MSL staff attended a mentorship lunch at UBC’s Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall. Maria Campbell and Nicola Campbell spoke on the topic “Responding to Truth and Reconciliation through Indigenous Literature”.

MSL staff attended a mentorship lunch at UBC’s Sty-Wet-Tan Great Hall. Maria Campbell and Nicola Campbell spoke on the topic “Responding to Truth and Reconciliation through Indigenous Literature”.

Release of Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

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The final report from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) was publicly released June 3, 2019. The Final Report is comprised of the truths of more than 2,380 family members, survivors of violence, experts and Knowledge Keepers shared over two years of cross-country public hearings and evidence gathering. It delivers 231 individual Calls for Justice directed at governments, institutions, social service providers, industries and all Canadians.

Morning Star Lodge Research Assistant presents at University of Calgary's Cumming School of Medicine

MSL researcher Louise BigEagle was invited to attend an Indigenous health course on the subject of brain health at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine. Louise spoke about MSLs work on the Canadian Indigenous Cognitive Assessment (CICA) project including the Nakota translations assessment tool and the process of involving community for its development. It was an interesting session and experience to network with other professionals, learning about their work on Indigenous brain health.

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Morning Star Lodge CABHI Project Featured in Regina Leader-Post

Orval Spencer’s 86-year-old mother Edna suffers from dementia, but he’s noticed a change since she started using an iPad with Indigenous language apps.

Orval Spencer’s 86-year-old mother Edna suffers from dementia, but he’s noticed a change since she started using an iPad with Indigenous language apps.

Morning Star Lodge is incredibly proud of this project that we are doing with the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation. Please visit the link below to read more about our work with community members showing symptoms of dementia and technology usage.

CRAC Meeting: April 18, 2019

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On April 18, 2019 Morning Star Lodge attended a Community Research Advisory Committee (CRAC) Meeting with community members of the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council (FHQTC) to discuss our ongoing partnership and research. Morning Star Lodge presented on the Collective Consensual Data Analytic Process (CCDAP), and interviews with the community members were also conducted for the purpose of CCDAP Toolkit Video currently in production at Morning Star Lodge. Other Morning Star Lodge project updates were presented including the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation project (CABHI) and the Canadian HIV Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Cohort Study (CHIWOS). Morning Star Lodge is preparing for our next meeting with the CRAC Committee on May 8, 2019.

Morning Star Lodge Project Featured in Catalyst Magazine

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Funded by Toronto’s Centre for Brain Health and Innovation, the project is a partnership between Morning Star Lodge and File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council to see whether regular use of language apps might reduce dementia progression in First Nations adults with the disease.