Dr. Carrie Bourassa was Appointed as the Scientific Director of CIHR-IAPH

"Today a ceremony of celebration took place to honour Dr. Carrie Bourassa's appointment as the Scientific Director of CIHR-IAPH. Last month it was announced that Dr. Bourassa would lead the institute here in Sudbury. This is the first time an Institute is being hosted outside a large urban centre and certainly a first for Northern Ontario. The institute will be hosted by Health Sciences North Research Institute. The ceremony honored Dr. Malcom King who served as IAPH's Scientific Director from 2009-2016."

We are all proud of your hard work Carrie!

Dr. Carrie Bourassa, the new scientific director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health will assume her post in February, but is already mapping out the approach she intends to take.

When it comes to the issues affecting Indigenous health — lower life expectancy, youth suicide — the key, she said, will be to listen.

"Over and over again we're hearing of the epidemic in youth suicide," Bourassa said, "and it comes down to asking youth, asking the community, what they need."

"They know what they need. They're telling us what they need. We need to give it to them. We need to listen to them. They're telling us, straight-out, what they need."

To find out more please visit the link below to the CBC article.

One of our RA's is facilitating a program that has grabbed medias attention!

Jenna Tickell is facilitating a national program, by Sylvia Smith, called Project of Heart, for the second year out of Luther College, University of Regina. 

I feel the Canadian education system is failing our young people. We need more Indigenous Canadian History taught at an elementary school level. I believe this type of education will work towards dismantling present day racism, while simultaneously empowering Indigenous children.

Justice for Colten

"A small rally supporting Colten Boushie and his family gathered this morning in front of the Provincial Court House in Regina. Prayers and smudging started the rally followed by opening statements. One rally member saying, "We don't want to start a race war, we want all of us to heal together." Another saying, "We want to see justice for Colten and his family." The rally then wrote letters of support to the family members of Colten." Creeson Agecoutay

Members from our Indigenous Health Research Lab gathered to support this cause and to fight against the ongoing systemic racism that directly effects the lives of our peoples'. One life taken, is too many!

Suicide Amongst our Indigenous Relations is on the Rise

There is a strong link between suicide and trauma. Unfortunately, for Indigenous Canadians our colonial history, of cultural genocide, manifest past traumas that increase the risk of suicide. Attawapiskat has declared a state emergency regarding the suicide crisis. Over 100 suicides have occurred in less then a year!! Dr. Carrie Bourassa along with other scholars share their opinions on this matter in the article called, Native Suicides: Intergenerational Trauma Erupts, edited by Peter D'Errico. 

What's Your Opinion on Assisted-Dying??

Recently medical assisted-dying has been an issue on the forefront for health experts and practitioners. Is this something that our Indigenous communities are prepared for? The new law must be decided on by Parliament by June 6th. Check out what Dr. Carrie Bourassa has to say about this in an article title, Aboriginal Communities Not Ready for 'Rushed' Assisted-Dying Regulations: Doctor, written by Elyse Skura. 

Dr. Carrie Bourassa Received a CFI Grant for OUR Lab!

"The John Evans Leaders Fund's support will be essential in helping the Cultural Safety Evaluation, Training and Research Lab achieve its research focus on improving Indigenous health and will help us respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's call to engage Indigenous communities in research that results in positive outcomes-training capacity building and program and policy development-that will benefit all Canadians."

- Dr. Carrie Bourassa, Professor, Indigenous Health Studies, Department of Indigenous Education, Health and Social Work, First Nations University of Canada

This quote can be found in the article titled, Minister Goodale Celebrates Cutting-edge Infrastructure for Researchers: New state-of-the-art equipment will boost research and innovation at the University of Regina, from the Marketwired news feed, April 15, 2016. The grant was for over $200, 000 in funding. Please feel free to check out this in detail!

Carry the Kettle First Nation Mental Health Youth Conference

 Click here to see more pictures from the event!

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This conference was filled with real life struggles & successes! Here are some of the wonderful words of advise that were shared that day...

Creeson Agecoutay

“Education is our Buffalo”

 “My connection is to the land, I needed to go back to Cowessess First Nation Reserve in order to learned about who I was… I had to go back to my roots.”

Jenelle McArthur

“For too long I was chained to the bottle.” 

“Within each of us is a good and a bad wolf; the direction our lives go depends on which wolf we choose to feed the most.” 

“Someone once told me that addiction is the worst break up that I’ll ever go through; I believe that alcohol was the worst breakup, because the disease is persistent it always comes back. Cunning, baffling, powerful.” “As Pink’s lyrics say: “When it’s good, it’s good, until it goes sooooo bad!” 

“The most important relationship you can have is with yourself.”

Michelle Descheneaux

“Seek respect not attention it lasts longer.”

“You have to begin by respecting yourself.” 

“When you respect yourself you attract other people that respect themselves.” 

“Self care is vital; Self care for me includes: pow wow, exercise, eating healthy, true friendship, meditation & prayer, reading, ceremonies, Elders and family.” 

“Learn to practice COURAGEOUS VULNERABILITY: despite your fear of the challenge to come, you choose to do it anyway.”

Paulette Poitras

“I am two-spirited.” 

“It took allot of courage to be honest with my parents about this, with some initial resistance, they love me through and through and now love this new side of me as well.” 

“I want to be that ONE person for someone!”

Shana Pasap

“Don’t be the bully of the class!” 

“Being able to accept the things I cannot change has made me a good fighter.” 

“There are things in life you can control, such as: nutrition, rest, conditioning, attitude and techniques.” 

“Your ATTITUDE is everything. Push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you. Give people your full attention, that means allot.” 

“Get up every morning and remind yourself: I CAN DO THIS!”

“Don’t count the days, make the days count!”


“My mom says: “always remember where you come from and remember who you are.””


“Whatever you choose to do, be passionate and love what you do!”

End of Life Project

Completing the Circle is a video series intended to assist families, health care providers, students, and educators in better understanding the grief process and how it interacts with Aboriginal cultures.

Check out two of the many insightful videos by clicking on the pictures below!

 Elder Betty on Ceremony

Elder Betty on Ceremony

 Reconciliation form a Spiritual, Physical, Emotional, and Intellectual Perspectives

Reconciliation form a Spiritual, Physical, Emotional, and Intellectual Perspectives

Dr. Bourassa, Natalie Owl & Carolyn Pelletier Presented at the U of R Community-Based Research Showcase

The University of Regina put on a Community-Based Research Showcase where our Mentor Dr. Bourassa, Research Assistant Natalie Owl and Community-Based Research Navigator Carolyn Pelletier received the opportunity to present their preliminary research findings for the Digging Deep: Examining the Root Causes of HIV and AIDS Among Aboriginal Women, project.