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.

Winter Solstice Ceremony

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.

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Morning Star Lodge Halloween Party

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.

Pictured l to r: Jaqueline anaquod, erin goodpipe, kayla watson-mcnab, dana hickey (on screen), sebastien lefebvre (On Screen), louise bigeagle, nicole akan, marlin legare.

Pictured l to r: Jaqueline anaquod, erin goodpipe, kayla watson-mcnab, dana hickey (on screen), sebastien lefebvre (On Screen), louise bigeagle, nicole akan, marlin legare.

Pictured l to r: Jaqueline anaquod, erin goodpipe, kayla watson-mcnab, dana hickey (on screen), sebastien lefebvre (On Screen), louise bigeagle, nicole akan, marlin legare.

Pictured l to r: Jaqueline anaquod, erin goodpipe, kayla watson-mcnab, dana hickey (on screen), sebastien lefebvre (On Screen), louise bigeagle, nicole akan, marlin legare.

Pictured l to r: Jaqueline anaquod, erin goodpipe, kayla watson-mcnab, dana hickey (on screen), louise bigeagle, nicole akan, marlin legare.

Pictured l to r: Jaqueline anaquod, erin goodpipe, kayla watson-mcnab, dana hickey (on screen), louise bigeagle, nicole akan, marlin legare.

Morning Star Lodge In the Community With Isaac Murdoch and Christi Belcourt

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/

Isaac and Christi working on the mural.

Isaac and Christi working on the mural.

Isaac providing a signature for the THunderbird Woman painting that is now hanging at Morning Star Lodge.

Isaac providing a signature for the THunderbird Woman painting that is now hanging at Morning Star Lodge.

Isaac Murdoch and Christi Belcourt with mural.

Isaac Murdoch and Christi Belcourt with mural.

Morning Star Lodge Staff with Isaac Murdoch, Christi Belcourt, and the All Nations Hope mural.

Morning Star Lodge Staff with Isaac Murdoch, Christi Belcourt, and the All Nations Hope mural.

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 


National Indigenous Day Celebrations

National Indigenous Day took place yesterday, on June 21st, 2018. Morning Star Lodge was pleased to have been in the community to celebrate Indigenous culture, language, arts, and people. We present highlights from the events that were taking place in our communities and are proud to continue serving them with our research now and in the future. 

Highlights from the event the Victoria Park and City Square Plaza event, hosted by the City of Regina and Aboriginal City Employees. The event featured traditional arts, music, dance performances, and boutiques for attendees to purchase Indigenous arts and crafts. The event also featured an opening presentation from Morning Star Lodge's own Erin Goodpipe: 

 

Teepee on display in Victoria Park, Regina, SK. (1)

Teepee on display in Victoria Park, Regina, SK. (1)

Teepee on display in Victoria Park, Regina, SK. (2)

Teepee on display in Victoria Park, Regina, SK. (2)

Performances by the  Creeland Dancers  and  Dallas & Phil Boyer.  (1)

Performances by the Creeland Dancers and Dallas & Phil Boyer. (1)

Performances by the  Creeland Dancers  and  Dallas & Phil Boyer.  (2)

Performances by the Creeland Dancers and Dallas & Phil Boyer. (2)

Itinerary of the event and sponsorship considerations.

Itinerary of the event and sponsorship considerations.

Additional events hosted at  Casino Regina .

Additional events hosted at Casino Regina.

The other event that Morning Star Lodge staff attended was a community event held at Grassick Park, Regina, SK hosted by Circle ProjectReach, and the Indigenous Christian Fellowship. This free event for all included performances of traditional Indigenous dance, performances from Indigenous musicians for both traditional and non-traditional music, a free BBQ for all attendees, an Elder's village, and many other educational and family events to partake in. Below are some highlights of the event: 

 

Traditional Dance Performance. (1)

Traditional Dance Performance. (1)

Traditional Dance Performance. (2)

Traditional Dance Performance. (2)

Traditional Dance Performance. (3)

Traditional Dance Performance. (3)

Traditional Dance Performance. (4)

Traditional Dance Performance. (4)

Traditional Dance Performance. (5)

Traditional Dance Performance. (5)

Traditional drum-circle performance.

Traditional drum-circle performance.

A display of flag and musical performances from Indigenous musicians.

A display of flag and musical performances from Indigenous musicians.

Educational displays on Women's Traditional Dancing and the history of Treaty 4.

Educational displays on Women's Traditional Dancing and the history of Treaty 4.

Educational displays on the Métis people and culture.

Educational displays on the Métis people and culture.

We at Morning Star Lodge sincerely hope that every one had a happy and safe National Indigenous Day, and that Indigenous culture, language, arts, and people are continued to be celebrated now and in the future.

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

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.