Morning Star Lodge Newsletter—September 2018


Morning Star Lodge (MSL) is an Indigenous Health Research Lab based in Regina, Saskatchewan. MSL is a mentorship lab comprised of a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers utilizing Indigenous research methods and methodologies to better the health and well-being in and for Indigenous communities. Our lab is guided by Elders, ceremony, and directed by Indigenous communities. The name “Morning  Star”, meaning “First Light”, was given through traditional ceremony by our guiding Elder, Betty McKenna. A teaching was given to the lab Nominated Principle Investigator (NPI) Dr. Carrie Bourassa: Wisdom  Water (community knowledge) is at the centre of research. The Hunter-Gatherers (researchers) have a responsibility to act in an ethical way and must undertake research by, with, and at the direction of the community. 


FHQTC Dementia Project Summer Newsletter—July 2018


Our Research Team is completing the first phase of our project for the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA). The first paper, The Path of Creating Co-Researchers in the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council, which focuses on Ethical Engagement, was accepted for publication this January by The International Indigenous Policy Journal for their Volume 9, Issue 4 Fall (Northern Hemisphere) 2018 issue. This is a great accomplishment for co-authors Jenna Tickell, Jessica Dieter, Lauren McKim, Dr. Carrie A. Bourassa, Dr. Jaime Lavallee and Gail Boehme. We are also diligently working on 2 more publications that we predict to have submitted by the end of July related to Pathways to Care: Dementia and Aging in First Nations Communities and Protective Factors as Prevention Strategy in Dementia Onset.


FHQTC Dementia Project Fall Newsletter— October 2017


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.