Pasqua Wellness Day 2019

Morning Star Lodge is proud to have been a part of the Pasqua Wellness Day on October 28th, 2019 at the Pasqua First Nation. Community members congregated to partake in a variety of informational sessions and services. This included complimentary grooming, vital sign testing, spiritual health information sessions, and more. Guests were also served a complimentary dinner and gift bag. Morning Star Lodge was on location to distribute materials and knowledge on our past and current projects.

Morning Star Lodge’s Wellness Day Booth.

Morning Star Lodge’s Wellness Day Booth.

Materials that Morning Star Lodge distributed to community members.

Materials that Morning Star Lodge distributed to community members.

Community members engaging in services and meeting with each other.

Community members engaging in services and meeting with each other.

Dr. Carrie Bourassa's TEDxUniversityofSaskatchewan Talk Now Available to Watch

Photo Credit: TEDxUniversityofSaskatchewan

Photo Credit: TEDxUniversityofSaskatchewan

On September 7, 2019, Morning Star Lodge staff was proud to be in attendance of the TEDxUniversityofSaskatchewan event to watch Dr. Carrie Bourassa’s talk titled, “Noojimo Mikana (a Healing Path): Research as Reconciliation”. In the talk Carrie speaks on the importance of Indigenous communities directing their own research and that an environment of mutual mentorship must be created in order for Indigenous research to be successful. See the button below to watch the talk in it’s entirety today!

Morning Star Lodge Newsletter: Fall 2019

Morning Star lodge staff and the fhqtc community research advisory committee (Crac)

Morning Star lodge staff and the fhqtc community research advisory committee (Crac)

Morning Star Lodge is proud to release our newsletter for the Fall 2019 season. Our next step is to distribute physical copies of the newsletters to FHQTC communities and to academic outlets. We encourage you to like and share this newsletter online and request copies from Morning Star Lodge at morningstar.lodge@usask.ca.

In the newsletter you will find a summary of Morning Star Lodge’s research methods, the exciting work that we are doing in communities, and updates on recent events and conferences that Morning Star Lodge has attended. To view the newsletter, please click on the link here or at the button below:

10th Canadian Conference on Dementia

Morning Star Lodge is proud to have attended the 10th Canadian Conference on Dementia, the conference was held in Quebec City, QC at the Quebec Convention Centre from Oct 3-5, 2019.

The Canadian Indigenous Cognitive Assessment (CICA) teams from Saskatchewan, Ontario and Alberta attended the conference to share their updates on the work that is being done across the nation in regards to the innovative cognitive assessment tool. Dr. Carrie Bourassa also presented to speak on Indigenous Health Research. It was very well attended with national and international scholars sharing their research developments in dementia.

Dr. Carrie presenting on Indigenous Health Research at the 10th Canadian Conference on Dementia.

Dr. Carrie presenting on Indigenous Health Research at the 10th Canadian Conference on Dementia.

Louise BigEagle providing a poster presentation for the Canadian Indigenous Cognitive Assessment at the 10th Canadian Conference on Dementia.

Louise BigEagle providing a poster presentation for the Canadian Indigenous Cognitive Assessment at the 10th Canadian Conference on Dementia.

Orange Shirt Day 2019

Morning Star Lodge remembers and honours the countless Indigenous children that were taken to residential schools. Today, we wear orange and remind ourselves that #everychildmatters. We are also incredibly proud of our very own Heather O'Watch, who spoke at the City of Regina Orange Shirt Day on Friday, September 27th! #OrangeShirtDay2019

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CRAC Update: July 10th, 2018

Morning Star Lodge attended a meeting with community partners File Hills Qu'Appelle Tribal Council and All Nations Healing Hospital in Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan on July 5th, 2018. The meeting was intended to allow partners within the Community Research Advisory Commitee (CRAC) to discuss updates and projected developments moving forward for dementia research projects such as the Canadian Indigenous Cognitive Assessment (CICA) project and the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) project. 

The meeting consisted of introductions and an opening prayer, a review of a CCNA article written by Danette Starblanket, updates on the aforementioned projects and an update to the partners on Morning Star Lodge, and an open table discussion regarding the next steps of the CCNA project headed by Dr. Carrie Bourassa. 

 

Morning Star Lodge Staff, Elders, and FHQTC Community Members review and revise CCNA article.

Morning Star Lodge Staff, Elders, and FHQTC Community Members review and revise CCNA article.

CRAC Meeting for The Dementia Project.

CRAC Meeting for The Dementia Project.

All Nations Healing Hospital, Fort Qu'Appelle, SK.

All Nations Healing Hospital, Fort Qu'Appelle, SK.

All Nations Healing Hospital, Fort Qu'Appelle, SK.

All Nations Healing Hospital, Fort Qu'Appelle, SK.

The date of the next CRAC meeting is yet to be determined, but is projected to be held early September of 2018. Morning Star Lodge will provide updates on our event page and our blog as they develop.

CCDAP Training

Morning Star Lodge CCDAP Training

Morning Star Lodge CCDAP Training

Morning Star Lodge Staff underwent training to perform the Collective Consensual Data Analytic Procedure (CCDAP), a data analysis method developed by Dr Judith Bartlett. The team completed this training to analyze data collected from our projects in a manner that is appropriate for community-based research. We are incredibly excited to serve our communities better with this new and innovative method.

Morning Star Lodge CCDAP Training

Morning Star Lodge CCDAP Training

Welcome, Dawn Martin Hill!

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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.

Digging Deep: Examining the Root Causes of HIV and AIDS Among Aboriginal Women Final Report

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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:

AGE-WELL's 4th Annual Conference

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.

To stay updated on this project, continue to follow the Morning Star Lodge’s blog and stay posted for future newsletters!

Danette Starblanket (R) and Mackenzie Jardine (L) standing in front of the poster drafted to showcase Morning Star Lodge’s project.

Danette Starblanket (R) and Mackenzie Jardine (L) standing in front of the poster drafted to showcase Morning Star Lodge’s project.

AGE-WELL Poster WITH STACEY GUY, DANETTE STARBLANKET, and MACKENZIE JARDINE (L to R).

AGE-WELL Poster WITH STACEY GUY, DANETTE STARBLANKET, and MACKENZIE JARDINE (L to R).

JOB POSTING: RESEARCH ASSISTANT

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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. 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.

Typical Duties/Accountabilities:

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.

Qualifications

Education: Undergraduate/graduate degree or courses in Indigenous Studies or Indigenous Health Studies, social sciences, or kinesiology/health. Master’s degree preferred.

Experience/Skills:

  • 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
Email:  
Nicole.akan@usask.ca 


CICA Update: July 10th, 2018

The Canadian Indigenous Cognitive Assessment (CICA) team has recently been attending health fairs and treaty days in communities such as Carry the Kettle, Okanese, Piapot and Regina Urban Treat Days, and others to engage with the communities and share information on what CICA is and what it is all about. Community members gave us excellent feedback from sharing stories of family members who had dementia or have it, they had also expressed joy to see a project for Indigenous people with dementia coming together. During the month of June we also started the Nakota Advisory Group (NAG) with the Elders of Carry the Kettle Nakota Nation for the CICA project. We held an information session June 13th, 2018 at the community to gather information and sign up those who speak Nakota fluently or at least can help with translation. We had our first meeting for the NAG on July 5th and it went very well, the Elders that speak Nakota were eager to provide translations after being briefed in the Nakota CICA Screening Tools. The next meeting will be on July 25th at the Carry the Kettle’s Elders Lounge.

 

Pasqua Treaty Days

Morning Star Lodge staff were in attendance of Pasqua Treaty Days held at the Pasqua First Nation, Asham Beach on June 29th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Pasqua Treaty Days was a community event that consisted of annual treaty payments, free catered community bbq, horse rides, boat rides, bouncy castles, face painting and petting zoo, plus much more for the community to gather together and enjoy this day. The event also had an announcer and DJ which kept the energy of the place going all day and made special announcements when needed.  The community began with an opening ceremony consisting of opening prayers and dancers to carry in the flags to start the Pasqua Treaty Days.

Overview of the event.

Overview of the event.

Booths and community events.

Booths and community events.

Staff enjoying the family events such as the petting zoo.

Staff enjoying the family events such as the petting zoo.

Morning Star Lodge staff at Pasqua Lake.

Morning Star Lodge staff at Pasqua Lake.

Application + Action: The TRC Reading Guide for Non-Indigenous Organizations

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Morning Star Lodge is proud to present the Application + Action: The TRC Reading Guide for Non-Indigenous Organizations. This guide has been endorsed by our partners You may read the guide in it's entirety here

Additional Congress 2018 Information

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We have posted before about Morning Star Lodge's attendance at Congress of The Humanities and Social Sciences 2018, but now have new information about Morning Star Lodge's participation at the Congress of 2018 held at the University of Regina on May 26 to June 1, 2018. 

Congress 2018- May 27, 2018: As a founder of the Making Treaty Four Collective, Erin Goodpipe and other collective members had the opportunity to present in the Espikenew series, a keynote series dedicated to the late Jo-Ann Episkenew. This year’s topic was women and their role as water protectors. The panels spoke about how the performance, Making Treat Four, used conceptual art to evoke the cultural idea of woman as central to the Nation as voices for the people and the human metaphor for the life-giving qualities that Mother Earth possesses. During this panel presentation, we spoke about the Western counter-narrative which traditionally excluded Indigenous women from history and attempted to denounce the woman’s voice as valuable and integral to her nation and culture. Through our art we strived to revalue and reclaim this narrative by showcasing specific performance pieces which showed Indigenous women in leadership, as fundamental in the survival of tribal life and as representers and advocates for the land, sky, water and the life in between. This panel hoped to showcase that Indigenous woman must be affirmed and assert their role as protectors as Creator gave them the right to bear and nurture life. As they can only understand this right, only they can truly represent it.


The Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies (CACS) held a day long event titled, “Climate Change: Addressing Critical Issues In Today’s World.” For this event, Erin, and five arts educators created a performative piece called “Food For Thought” that engaged participants in the surroundings on Wascana lake. This was done in order to explore how ideas about “natural landscapes” and “connection to land” has been perverted by the colonial mission to consume and the impulse to justify and rationalize our engagement in destructive practices that engender unhealthy relationships across generations. During this performance, symbols of historical injustice to Indigenous people, land and climate were used to inspire dialogue amongst researchers, educators and the general public.

Starblanket Health Fair and Ceremony

Morning Star Lodge Staff were pleased to be in attendance of the Starblanket Health Fair, which took place on May 29th in at the Whitecalf Gym in Lebret, SK. The event saw approximately 40 people attending to learn about health prevention from various health agencies such as FHQ Health Services, White Raven Healing Centre, File Hills Health, YTC Child and Family Services, and Health Canada. Dementia Project members from Morning Star Lodge and community partners enjoyed a day of community outreach and interacting with the people of Starblanket.  

CICA Information Session

Morning Star Lodge's work continues with the Canadian Indigenous Assessment (CICA) Project via an informational session held on June 13th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for 25 community members of the Carry the Kettle Nakoda Nation in attendance. These attendees consisted of seniors, Elders, and Indigenous women with an interest in culturally appropriate dementia care. 

Morning Star Lodge and community partner File Hills Qu'Appelle Tribal Council (FHQTC) spoke on the roles and responsibilities of CICA and provided a presentation on CICA's history. This presentation included the Australian-developed Kimberley Indigenous Cognitive Assessment (KICA) tool that CICA was developed from. A catered lunch was provided to community members as well as a discussion on what is expected from the project. 

 

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Objectives of the information session were to showcase the purpose of CICA, as well as sign up community members interested in the Nakoda Advisory Group. The Nakoda Advisory Group is to assist in the development of culturally appropriate dementia screening tools and care practices, as well as to adopt and translate Nakoda language into the CICA tool in a culturally safe and respectful environment. The goal was to sign up form 5-10 community members to the Nakoda Advisory Group. The staff of Morning Star Lodge are incredibly excited and proud that we have exceeded this goal as 17 community members have signed up to join the Nakoda Advisory Group. 

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Community members in attendance of the CICA Information Session. Photographs courtesy of Louise BigEagle.

Community members in attendance of the CICA Information Session. Photographs courtesy of Louise BigEagle.

Congress of The Humanities and Social Sciences 2018

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Morning Star Lodge is proud to have joined the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2018, held at the University of Regina from May 26 to June 1, 2018. There were 70 academic associations from across Canada who converged at the University of Regina to showcase the leading research in history, education, theatre, language, and communication. The theme of Congress 2018 was “Gathering Diversities”, in which a major topic of discussion was social change, the importance of representation, and policy.

 

Morning Star Lodge presented their findings from the Water Economics, Policy, and Governance Network project in the Indigenous Literary Studies Association program and the Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes program. Elder Betty Mckenna provided the attendees with Traditional Knowledge and teachings of the importance of water and water protection to Indigenous culture in relation to Indigenous women. Danette Starblanket and Marlin Legare presented on water policy, water economics, and relevant topics affected by water governance such as the Idle No More movement. The sessions were both well attended.