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


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


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:

The final report for Digging Deep is available here:



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.


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