Natalie Owl

Research Assistant

Natalie Owl is a member of Sagamok Anishnawbek and the mother of three children. Saskatchewan has been her home for the past 21 years and she has been actively involved in local language initiatives and culture.   She recently completed her Master’s thesis on The Effects of the Intergenerational Residential School Experience and Negative Racial Stereotyping on Ojibwe Speech Patterns in Mid-Northern Ontario Anishnawbek and successfully defended it in August 2015. Her plans are to continue her work on the sociolinguistic factors affecting Nishnaabemwin and grow more successful gardens in an urban setting.


Paulete Poitras

Research Assistant 

Paulete Poitras is a Dakota/Cree from Muscowpetung First Nation.  She was raised with culturally enriched values of both positive morals and ethics.  Thirty-one years of age living a sober and healthy lifestyle with her partner Celina Pelletier.  She attended Saskatchewan Applied Institute of Sciences and Technology (now Saskatchewan PolyTech) and received an applied certificate in Law Enforcement.  She has successfully worked four years at File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council in the Justice Department as a youth Re-integration Worker from years 2010 - 2014.  Working with youth within community that has post charges from corrections public safety and policing.  She assisted youth within her program to help re-integrate back into the community, skill build, guide positive choices, role model healthy living and help lower recidivism in community.   With turning of the page she changed roles and shifted her energy to work in the field of community-based research in the field of health.   Proudly working with respected Mètis Community-based researcher Dr. Carrie Bourassa at the First Nations University of Canada.  Paulete is titled the Saskatchewan Coordinator for research project Canadian HIV Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Cohort Study working with Indigenous Women living with HIV/AIDS across Saskatchewan.  “I know that it’s a big shift in jobs but in all seriousness the field of Justice and the field of Health there isn’t any difference.  Both fields are in need of Indigenous representation and helping all people is the goal.  I always wanted to be able to help all people and to role model a positive lifestyle for my Indigenous peers.  I feel that if we work together and pool our talents we will be successful in all that we aim for.  Building a healthy community is our goal.”      


Jenna Tickell

Research Assistant

Hi friends, my name is Jenna Tickell. I am a Metis woman, currently working on a Special Case, Women & Gender Studies, Masters Program, at the University of Regina. I graduated with an Honours BA, in Women & Gender Studies, and double minors in PSYC & RLST. I am currently teaching INHS 100 at the First Nations University of Canada. I am also facilitating a program curriculum initiative at Luther College Campus called, Project of Heart. I am employed at this Indigenous Community-Based Health Research Lab, as a Research Assistant, and am currently working on three projects. This type of dynamic learning, teaches me how to utilize both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, while working in a reciprocal learning type of atmosphere. I am excited to be part of the publications and educational awareness that will come out of the work from this lab. I am an activist for both women's rights and Indigenous Canadians rights. I truly believe that education is where change is manifested.  By working together we can create a more positive future for our children, and hopefully minimize the occurrence of repeating the atrocities that  are so strongly embedded within our Canadian colonial history.


Brady O'Watch

Research Assistant

My name is Brady O’Watch and I am originally from Carry The Kettle First Nation. I am currently enrolled as a full time student at the First Nations University and majoring in Indigenous Social Work. I have completed a Certificate in Indigenous Social Work and a semester from obtaining my Bachelor degree. I have 2 sons’ who are my motivation in life and hope they may walk in my footprints in their future.


Jenelle McArthur

Research Assistant

Tansi! My name is Jenelle McArthur. I am from Ocean Man First Nation. I am a mother of 4 beautiful children. I have 2 sons and 2 daughters. I am blessed to have a life partner, as well. My family is my inspiration and motivation, they have inspired me to reach my highest potential. I am currently in my 3rd year of the Indigenous Social Work Program at the First Nations University of Regina Campus. I have also been interested in pursuing higher education with the Indigenous Studies academic field. I have been passiontly working within the Saskatchewan Indigenous Youth Advisory Council, as a Council member. Our goal is to create Indigenous Sexual Health programs that are founded on traditional teachings. Our hope is to promote HIV and AIDS awareness and education to Indigenous Youth. The goal is Strategic Area C of the Saskatchewan Indigenous Strategy on HIV and AIDS 2014-2019. I am also an Indigenous Educator at Planned Parenthood Regina, which is founded on the same strategic area as the Saskatchewan Youth Advisory Council. Working with inner city Indigenous students to promote education and awareness of HIV and AIDS is the target demographic for Planned Parenthood Regina. "People don't need to be saved or rescued. People need knowledge of their own power and how to access it" is my core value within prevention initiatives. I am grateful to be a part of the Digging Deep: Examining the Root Causes of HIV/AIDS Among Aboriginal Women team, i am excited for the many teachings that will be taught throughout my journey. 


Michelle Descheneaux

Research Assistant

My name is Michelle Descheneaux. I am from the Kehewin First Nations, in Alberta. I’ve spent most of my life in Saskatchewan. I am a mother of three boys, one is 11 years old and the other two are 3-year-old twins. I am currently working on my 3rd year of Indigenous Social Work at the First Nations University of Canada. I also work at Planned Parenthood Regina, as an Indigenous Strategy Worker. My long-term goal, for when my studies are completed, is to become a business owner. This passion has derived from my realization of the lack of cultural resources available for children in the foster care system. I am passionate about positively influencing the lives of our future generations, by committing myself towards utilizing education to enforce this change.


Jaqueline Anaquod

Research Assistant

Jaqueline Anaquod is a nêhiyaw woman from Plains Cree territory located in Treaty 4. She holds a Bachelor of Health Studies with a Concentration in Indigenous Health from the First Nations University of Canada and an Aboriginal Addictions diploma through Keyano College. Jaqueline is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in the Social Dimensions of Health program and an Indigenous Nationhood certificate in the Indigenous Governance program at the University of Victoria. Jaqueline’s research interests include language revitalization and its connection to Indigenous health and wellness. As a matriarch she has a strong commitment to the preservation and revitalization of her nêhiyaw culture, traditions and language. Jaqueline works to further the advancement of Indigenous women in health and education through social justice work locally, nationally, and globally. Jaqueline has a wealth of experience working in with community to address issues associated with HIV and AIDS.  She credits her knowledge keepers and mentors for their guidance on her journey. Jaqueline believes the land is the greatest teacher and that our first classroom should be our ancestral homelands. “Once you begin walking the path of success it is hard to stop. Keep moving, do not let your path grow over.”