Our Research Assistants
A citizen of the Star Blanket Cree Nation, Danette began her studies at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) as an MPP (Master of Public Policy) student in 2013, moving into the PhD program in 2014. Her PhD dissertation topic is “An Analysis of Government Response to Idle No More”. Before returning to graduate school, Danette attended the First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) and gained a Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) in English in 1993, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 1994 and a Master of Arts in 2001, both latter degrees in Indian Studies. For most of her professional career, Danette worked with First Nations institutions as a First Nations civil servant and as an educator at FNUniv in Regina and other schools offering insight on treaties.
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.”
I am a Metis woman of Metis Nation Saskatchewan. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Health Studies at the University of Regina. I believe it is important to create a representative workforce of Indigenous people within research communities as well as within the healthcare system. My career goal is to contribute to eliminating the health inequities experienced by Indigenous people. I am very excited to be learning from Dr. Carrie Bourassa as well as the rest of the lab team.
Marlin Legare is a new research assistant who aids in the development and production of research projects from The Morning Star Lodge in Regina, SK. He is also a Citizen of the Métis Nation who is currently studying Indigenous Health Practice out the First Nations University of Canada; he intends to pursue an academic career from there in fields of health science, Indigenous health, and social science.
Marlin was raised in the Northeast area of Saskatchewan in a rural community called Mistatim. He is excited to be working with the Morning Star Lodge studying health sciences, as he is someone who has seen firsthand the positive and the negative of health outcomes for Indigenous individuals in rural communities.
Marlin is also an accomplished Métis athlete. In 2008 Marlin attended the 2008 North American Indigenous Games, and the Canada Games in 2009 for wrestling. In 2009 he also received the SaskTel Indigenous Youth of Excellence Award in the Sports and Recreation Category. He was also a member of the University of Regina Men’s Wrestling Team, where he obtained his B.Sc. Kinesiology. While at the University, he was also involved in First Nations programs such as Sports For Life, Aboriginal History Month, and the 2014 North American Indigenous Games.
Erin Goodpipe is Dakota/Anishinaabe from the Standing Buffalo Dakota Nation and is a member of the kēkēk clan. She is the eldest sister of six siblings and is married into the Ironstand family. Although born in Vancouver, BC and raised in many parts of western Canada, she currently resides in Regina, Saskatchewan where she is a student in Indigenous Education at the First Nations University of Canada. She is a research assistant with Health Sciences North Research Institute (HSNRI), as well as a community researcher and facilitator on a grant called "Acting Out But In a Good Way." Using arts based methods, she works with Indigenous communities (especially youth) to explore and promote positive health and wellbeing. She is also a television host of an Indigenous lifestyles show called "RezX."
Candy Fox is Plains Cree and a member of the Piapot First Nation. She is a graduate of the University of Regina where she attained a Bachelor of Fine Arts for Film Production. Candy is an award-winning actress and filmmaker. Her films usually touch on Indigenous subject matter, her surroundings, identity and the connection she has to her community.
The Toronto International Film Festival named her film, Backroads, as one of Canada’s Top Ten Student Films of 2015. Through filmmaking and videography Candy has been able to create numerous projects and work with youth, community organizations, artists, and community members. Since 2015, she has also been the lead videographer for the television series RezX TV. Candy attributes finding success in life to dedication and following your passion. Through storytelling she has been able to express the realities, beauty, and humanity she sees in the world – all through a lens. She is humbled to work in her newest position as a research assistant at Morningstar Lodge, delving into Indigenous health based research to create awareness and strengthen our Indigenous communities.
Louise BigEagle graduated from the First Nations University with a Bachelor in Arts, majoring in Media, Arts and Performance. She also has her Level II Arts Administration. She is a filmmaker and writer, who
specializes in documentaries.
Kayla Watson- McNab is a Plains Cree woman, from the Treaty 4 TATC George Gordon First Nations. Kayla is eighteen years old and is currently completing her first year for her Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Regina. She wants to pursue her career as an Indigenous Studies high school teacher. Kayla is truly inspired by her cultural background; she believes it is important to learn who you are and what type of gifts you hold within your spirit. She loves to write poems and songs during her spare time when not working or focusing on school. Kayla is an intelligent women, who loves to volunteer and give back to her community. She finds it very important to share the knowledge she carries about her culture, along with practicing it.
Ninanāskomon: “I am grateful, I am Thankful”