Our Research Assistants
Dana Hickey is Anishinaabe Kwe from Robinson-Huron Treaty territory and a member of Dokis First Nation on the French River in Ontario. Dana is currently working on a Master of Indigenous Relations at Laurentian university where she utilizes Indigenous research methods to examine power relations between Indigenous peoples and the settler population. Dana is a mother of one amazing daughter, and an active member of her community. Dana is proud to be part of a mentorship lab where she can share her skills and knowledge, learn from her peers, while working on research outcomes that benefit Indigenous communities.
Sebastien is French-Canadian, and comes from Northern Ontario. He has lived throughout Northern Ontario, and the Abitibi region of Quebec, and spent several years in South Africa.
Sebastien completed his Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from Laurentian University in 2009, and worked in various analytical and research labs before finding himself employed at HSNRI. He then completed his Masters of Biology in Cellular and Molecular Biology at Laurentian University through HSNRI in 2017. Prior to joining the Morning Star Lodge team, Sebastien worked as the lead research assistant for the Nokhbeh Lab, doing microbiology and epidemiology work regarding C. difficile in patients at Health Sciences North.
Sebastien is thrilled to be part of the Morning Star Lodge team where he is able to offer as well as receive mentorship. His love of learning and teaching make him an excellent addition to the team at Morning Star Lodge.
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 Morning Star Lodge, 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."
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”