Aboriginal Health and Aging

Vision

  • To enable and to guide culturally competent research on Aging and Health that will benefit Aboriginal communities.
  • To improve possibilities for holistic Aging and Health by supporting the implementation of traditional Aboriginal best health practices.

Cluster Leader

Carrie Bourassa, Ph.D.,FRSC, Research Chair, Indigenous & Northern Health, Health Sciences North Research Institute.

Cluster Members

Mary Hampton, Ed.D., Luther College, University of Regina.  

Elder Betty McKenna, Guiding Elder, First Nations University of Canada.

Shelly Cory, MA,  Executive Director, Canadian Virtual Hospice

Karen Schmidt and Todd Cappo, B.Admin, Five Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council


Purpose

  • To create a space for researchers to explore the appropriateness and impact of research ideas as well as to identify priority areas for Aboriginal communities.
  • To serve in an advisory capacity in the development of grant proposals based on information and service needs of Aboriginal communities.
  • To act as a liaison between researchers and Aboriginal communities to generate prosperous and useful associations.
  • To ensure all research observes ethical guidelines that protect ownership of traditional Aboriginal knowledge (e.g., First Nations’ control). 
  • To provide direction for the Center on Aging and Health for research projects focused on Aboriginal Health.

Projects

  • End-of-Life Health Care Delivery: Completing the Circle in Aboriginal and Conventional Medicines. Proposal submitted to the Health Services Utilization and Research Commission, Saskatchewan.
  • Facilitation of dialogue and understanding between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples about cultural meanings and sensitivities.
  • Outlining methods of research that are respectful and acceptable to Aboriginal communities.
  • Identifying and seeking to understand the holistic health care needs of senior Aboriginal populations.
  • Documentation of Elders’ insights into conditions that promote well-being among senior Aboriginal peoples.
  • The determination of a series of actions, based on traditional knowledges that would improve holistic health of Aboriginal individuals, families, and communities.

Sample Publications

Completing the Circle: Healing Words About End of Life Spoken to Aboriginal Families (Video). Mary Hampton, Angelina Baydala, Carrie Bourassa, Elder Ken Goodwill, Elder Betty McKenna, Kim McKay-McNabb, Deb Wiszniak, Roxanne Boekelder, Gerald Saul. Luther College, 2007.

Completing the Circle: End of Life Care with Aboriginal Families (Video). Mary Hampton, Angelina Baydala, Carrie Bourassa, Elder Ken Goodwill, Elder Betty McKenna, Kim McKay-McNabb, Deb Wiszniak, Roxanne Boekelder, Gerald Saul. Luther College, 2007.

Entering the Circle: Communities Empowered through Ceremonies of Research  (Video). Gerald Saul, Carrie Bourassa, Mary Hampton, Angelina Baydala, Elder Ken Goodwill, Elder Betty McKenna. Luther College, 2007.

Towards an Understanding: Multiple Losses in Aboriginal Communities (Video). Carrie Bourassa, Mary Hampton, Gerald Saul, Angelina Baydala, Elder Betty McKenna, Elder Ken Goodwill, Luther College, 2010.


For more information, contact Cluster Leader Dr. Carrie Bourassa at cbourassa@firstnationsuniversity.ca