University of ReginaCentre on Aging and Health (CAH)

Indigenous Issues in Health and Aging

Vision

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

Cluster Leader

TBA


Purpose

  • To create a space for researchers to explore the appropriateness and impact of research ideas as well as to identify priority areas for Indigenous communities.
  • To serve in an advisory capacity in the development of grant proposals based on information and service needs of Indigenous communities.
  • To act as a liaison between researchers and Indigenous communities to generate prosperous and useful associations.
  • To ensure all research observes ethical guidelines that protect ownership of traditional Indigenous knowledge (e.g., First Nations’ control). 
  • To provide direction for the Center on Aging and Health for research projects focused on Indigenous 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 Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples about cultural meanings and sensitivities.
  • Outlining methods of research that are respectful and acceptable to Indigenous communities.
  • Identifying and seeking to understand the holistic health care needs of senior Indigenous populations.
  • Documentation of Elders’ insights into conditions that promote well-being among senior Indigenous peoples.
  • The determination of a series of actions, based on traditional knowledges that would improve holistic health of Indigenous 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.