Danette Starblanket

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Research Assistant 

Danette Starblanket

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.


Janine Ironquill

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Research Assistant

Janine Ironquill is a Nakoda/Dakota from Carry The Kettle First Nation.  She was raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation in Kyle, South Dakota where she learned the Lakota language and ceremonies. Janine is passionate about Indigenous issues and finds her role at Morning Star Lodge very fulfilling because she is able to build relationships with the community.  Janine’s Mother Nellie Ironquill is a traditional healer and has passed down her knowledge of medicines to her daughter. Janine also worked as a Medicine Room Assistant at First Nations University of Canada organizing and planning workshops for the community.  In 2012 Janine studied Theatre/Acting at the FNUniv where she was recruited to dance with the Wambdi Dance Performance Company.  She dances Traditional, Old Style Fancy and Old Style Jingle. Janine loves to dance Old Style Jingle because of its healing concept; she dances for those that need healing. She is an entrepreneur and currently runs her own business called Eagle & Bluebird where she designs and creates beaded earrings, painted parfleche earrings and powwow regalia.  Janine hopes to expand her business and create employment opportunities for Indigenous artists in Canada.


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.” 


Research Assistant 

Mackenzie Jardine

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.


Peer Research Associate 

Jannica Hoskins

CHIWOS Welcome!  Jannica Hoskins joins CHIWOS – Health Sciences North Research Institute.  As Saskatoon Office Peer Research Associate she comes with a background in research, curriculum development, Indigenous Education, multi-media documentation, and social development, with experience in both private sector and public service.  She currently serves various boards including:  Dance Saskatchewan Inc., Friends of Prince Albert National Park Indigenous Education Advisory Committee, Federation for Indigenous African Arts Saskatchewan, Maternal Services PFAC-SHR, and Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital – Philosophy of Care Working Group while being a Patient and Family Advisor for the Saskatoon Health Region.  Over the past 5 years she has been involved in various community building initiatives as a project coordinator, facilitator, and collaborator in an inter-provincial research project on reproductive justice.  2012-2015 Jannica worked with Trinity Western University (TWU) towards enhancing curriculum content, as an in-class presenter on education pedagogy for the Indigenous Issues in Education course, while being a juror for final project grading for TWU.  2006-2011 Jannica taught Aboriginal Education, developed curriculum, and the Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement for SDNo.19 while pursuing various certification in special education, crisis intervention, and youth programming.  During this time she was a member of the Federation for Aboriginal Foster parents of BC volunteering for FN bands, community based organizations, SDNo.19 Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee working between the Ministry of Education, supporting Child and Family Development and Schools.  Her work filming documentary resources emphasized strength from cultural vitality, inclusion, and indigenous repatriation through a lens of political sciences.  Before entering the field of Education Jannica spent 5 years working in various departments in the federal government such as: Western Economic Diversification, Indigenous Norther Affairs Canada Federal Treaty Negotiations Office, Health Canada Population Public Health Branch, Environment Canada and Pacific Federal Council in Vancouver, BC where she also a volunteered for Youth Co AIDS Society.


Ashley Kakakaway

Peer Research Associate

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CHIWOS Welcome!  Ashley Kakakaway joins CHIWOS – Health Sciences North Research Institute.  As Regina Office Peer Research Associate she comes with a background in Indigenous Health. Words from Ashley herself:

Umba Wasté Nakoniyabi. My name is Ashley Kakakaway and I hail from the Ocean Man First Nation. I am a 4th year university student completing my Bachelor of Health with a Concentration in Indigenous Health at the First Nations University of Canada. I am of the Nakota nation & a proud mother of two sons. Being a mother has greatly influenced my drive & determination for the health of my people. My desire is to bring Indigenous Health to an equal level.


Research Assistant

Josh Lavalley

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Joshua was raised in Regina, SK; he is the product of a Metis family who wore their culture on their sleeve. He attended the First Nations University of Canada/U of R, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies with a minor in Sociology. Along with his academic work, he has earned a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. He is currently an Instructor at Complete Martial Arts and Fitness, where he strives to help everyone from raw beginners to professional athletes push beyond their self-imposed limitations and achieve their Martial Arts goals. Joshua has also worked in Family Support and Youth Corrections; both of which have helped reaffirm his belief that the reclamation of power for Aboriginal people must begin in the family unit.

Joshua has worked for much of his life to become a virtuous, free thinking individual and seeks to make a difference in the community. His dream is to see young people who realize their potential and spread their influence and creativity in the world, unimpeded by environmental factors.