Indigenous Health & Well-being Initiative

Summer School

IHWI 2014 Summer School:

The Inter-disciplinary Initiative (IDI) on Indigenous Health and Well-being at Western University (London, Ontario), is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Summer School on Community Based Research in Indigenous Health and Well-Being, to be held June 1-4, 2014.

This summer school is fundamentally concerned with ensuring that evidence collected through community based research is used to make real, lasting difference in the Indigenous communities we work with and for, with this year’s context bridging the local, national and international experiences.

Please see below for information about this year’s Mentors, and for the Application details.

Download 2014 Application Here

Our Mentors:

Treena Delormier

Dr.Treena Wasonti:io Delormieris a Kanienke'há:ka (Mohawk) woman from the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawá:ke. She holds bachelor and masters degrees in nutrition from McGill University and is professional dietitian. Treena completed her PhD at Université de Montréal in Public Health in Health Promotion. For her doctoral thesis she developed the Food Choice Practice Framework, a theoretical approach to study food choices as social practices and the social structures in which these are shaped. She demonstrated the utility of her framework by exploring family food choices with families of young children in Kahnawake. Over the past 16 years Treena has been involved in multiple academic and community roles with the Kahnawá:ke Schools Diabetes Prevention Project, a community/university partnership which received the 2010 CIHR's partnership award. Treena's research practice emphasizes community-based research with Aboriginal communities and participatory research approaches. Her research interests include food, nutrition and health, social perspectives of food, qualitative methodologies, public health and health promotion, food security, traditional food systems, diabetes and obesity prevention, and aboriginal conceptions of health. In 2012, Treena was recruited to the Office of Public Health Studies at the University of Hawai’i, where she is an Assistant Professor in the Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Health MPH specialization.

Jo-Ann Episkenew

Dr. Jo-Ann Episkenew earned a B.A. (with distinction), Hons. Cert., M.A. (Regina), and Ph.D. magna cum laude (Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University, Greifswald, Germany. She is on leave from her position as Professor of English at the First Nations University of Canada to serve as Director of the Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre. She is a Faculty Affiliate in Kinesiology and Health Studies and in the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Regina. She is also an Adjunct Professor in Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research interests include Aboriginal youth health, arts-based health research (ABHR), applied literatures, narrative medicine, narrative policy studies, and trauma studies. She is a PI for three Operating Grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Co-I on several others. She is also NPI on a Health Research Group Grant. The team's research findings have been published in a variety of publications, including the Native Studies Review (2012) and Pimatisiwin (2013). Jo-Ann’s book Taking Back Our Spirits: Indigenous Literature, Public Policy, and Healing (2009) won the Saskatchewan Book Award for Scholarly Writing in 2009 and the First Peoples' Writing Award in 2010. Jo-Ann has served as past-president of the Association for Bibliotherapy and Applied Literatures, as Prairie Region representative for the Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literatures and Language Studies, and as the provincial Minister of Justice's nominee to the Judicial Advisory Committee for Federal Judicial appointments for the Province of Saskatchewan. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Lung Association of Saskatchewan and also member of the founding Board of Directors of the Lung Health Institute of Canada. Jo-Ann is a Métis woman born in Manitoba but now a long time resident of Saskatchewan where she lives with her husband Clayton and two grandchildren.

Margo Greenwood

Dr. Margo Greenwood, Academic Leader of the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health, is an Indigenous scholar of Cree ancestry with more than 25 years’ experience in the field of early childhood education. Professionally and personally, children have been the focus of her life. She has worked as a frontline caregiver in early childhood services, designed early childhood curriculum, programs, and evaluations, and taught early childhood education courses at both the college and university levels. As a mother of three, she is personally committed to the continued well-being of children and youth in Canada. While Margo’s focus has been on all children, she is recognized regionally, provincially, nationally and internationally for her work on Aboriginal children. She has served with 25 national and provincial federations, committees and assemblies, and has undertaken work with UNICEF, the United Nations, and the Canadian Reference Group to the World Health Organization Commission on Social Determinants. Margo received the Queen’s Jubilee medal in 2002 in recognition of her years of work to promote awareness and policy action on the rights and well-being of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children, youth and families. She was also recognized in 2010 as the ‘Academic of the Year’ by the Confederation of University Faculty Associations’ of B.C. for her research contributions to the wider community. Most recently she was honoured with   National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Education in 2011. Currently, Margo is an Associate Professor in both the First Nations Studies Education and programs at the University of Northern British Columbia. Her current research interests include historic and contemporary systemic and structural impacts on the development of early childhood programs and services Canada; the social determinants of health with particular emphasis on colonization and children’s rights; and cross-cultural communication and research. Her scholarship and research also includes issues pertaining to Indigenous ways of knowing and being, or Indigenous epistemologies and ontologies. In addition to her teaching and service commitments, Margo has directed a number of research centres and currently leads the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health, which supports a renewed and inclusive public health system in Canada and Aboriginal ActNow BC, a Ministry of Health-funded collaborative health promotion initiative.

Miriam Jorgensen

Dr. Miriam Jorgensen is Research Director for the Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona and its sister program, Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development. Her areas of specialty are Indigenous governance and economic development, with a particular focus on the ways communities’ governance arrangements and socio-cultural characteristics affect development. Her work—in the United States, Canada, and Australia—has addressed issues as wide-ranging as welfare policy, policing and justice systems, natural resources, land ownership, enterprise management, financial education, and philanthropy. She is a co-author of Structuring Sovereignty: Constitutions of Native Nations (UCLA AIS Press, 2014) and The State of the Native Nations: Conditions under U.S. Policies of Self-Determination (Oxford University Press, 2008); editor and co-author of Rebuilding Native Nations: Strategies for Governance and Development (University of Arizona Press, 2007); and a member of the editorial board of the International Indigenous Policy Journal.Jorgensen co-directs the Indigenous Governance masters degree and continuing education certificate programs at the University of Arizona, is Affiliate Faculty at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, and Adjunct Professor at the Washington University School of Social Work. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the Washington University Schools of Law and Social Work; a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at University of Technology, Sydney; and a Dyason Fellow at Melbourne Law School. Jorgensen is also a former member of the Swarthmore College Board of Managers. Dr. Jorgensen received her BA in economics from Swarthmore College, MA in human sciences from the University of Oxford, and MPP and PhD from Harvard University.

Brenda McDougall

Dr. Brenda Macdougall’s first book, One of the Family: Metis Culture in Nineteenth-Century Northwestern Saskatchewan, (University of British Columbia winter 2010) was the 2011 winner of the Canadian Historical Association’s Cleo Prize for best book in the prairie division. One of the Family explores the history of Metis communities in northwestern Saskatchewan within a system of family relationships and as rooted in a particular place. As a part of that work, she collaborated with researchers from the Universities of Alberta and Saskatchewan as well as the Northwest Saskatchewan Metis Council to produce an atlas of the Metis experience in northwestern Saskatchewan (forthcoming). Additionally, she and her colleagues, Drs. Nicole St-Onge (U of Ottawa), Carolyn Podruchny (York), and Heather Devine (U of Calgary) secured an Aboriginal Research Grant (SSHRC) for the “Patterns of Métis Genesis: Identity, Culture, Communication, and Mobility in the Emergence of a Varied Northwest Métis Population.” Dr. Macdougall’s component of the project is entitled, the “Round Prairie Project” that has explored the history of the Metis community of Round Prairie. Through this work, a series of conferences were held and an edited collection of essays from those conferences has been submitted to the University of Oklahoma Press which will be published in the winter of 2012. She has recently been working with Dr. St-Onge and a number of student researchers on the history of Metis hunting brigades on the Great Plains and has begun a new project on the history of the Metis in the Treaty Three region of Northern Ontario with the Métis Nation-Ontario. Dr. Macdougall was appointed as the Chair of Métis Research at the University of Ottawa and as such will begin engaging in Ontario-based Metis historical and community research. Prior to this appointment, she was a member of the Department of Native Studies, University of Saskatchewan.