First Nations and Métis Research Engagement Day September 28, 2023

This September 28, the Saskatchewan NEIHR is hosting a First Nations and Métis Research Engagement Day at Wanuskewin Heritage Park, outside Saskatoon. Researchers, graduate students and community partners will be sharing Métis and First Nations health research projects supported by and affiliated with the Saskatchewan NEIHR. Let’s gather together to learn, share, and expand our horizons.   

Registration is free and lunch will be provided. The program will be from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. See below for the schedule, to register, cancel your registration, or to contact us for more information. 

Parking: There is free parking at Wanuskewin for this event. 

Busing from University of Saskatchewan Campus by Hertz Northern Bus

  • Pickup: 9:00 am, outside PAC (Physical Activity Complex), in the loading zone between the PAC and the Administration Building. Return from Wanuskewin at 4:30 pm to PAC. 


Schedule for Research Engagement Day at Wanuskewin Heritage Park

 9:30 am             Opening Greetings  

10:00                  Dr. Caroline Tait: developing Métis-focused Data Governance Principles

10:25-10:40        Morning break    

10:40    Panel 1: Research Snapshots from Researchers leading the SK-NEIHR

  • Dr. Stacey Lovo: Enhancing Access to Care for Chronic Back Pain using Remote Presence Robotics in Partnership with a Remote Northern Cree Community
  • Dr. Bobby Henry: co-creating digital stories from the Homeland on Métis identity, and with Métis cancer survivors from Northern Saskatchewan
  • Dr. Sarah Oosman: Kehokatowin ~ Northern Saskatchewan Métis gathering here and there to age well in place(s)
  • Dr. Caroline Tait: Organ donation and transplantation with Indigenous Peoples, nationally and internationally
  • Dr. JoLee Sasakamoose: Kanawêýihtâkosiwin (‘Cree, cared for’) From Isolation to Connection: The Virtual Community Care Clinic for First Nation Community HIV Care

 11:45-1:10 pm    Lunch break with time to eat and visit, participate in beading, or explore Wanuskewin exhibits and trails

 1:10       Panel 2: Graduate Student Research

  • Mojtaba Shafiee with community partner Diana Bird: Exploring the Implications of COVID-19 on Food Security and Coping Strategies among Urban Indigenous Peoples
  • Hailey Dunn: Community-Directed Needs Assessment for Pediatric Rehabilitation with a First Nations Community
  • Marisa Desmarais: Working together to promote healthy living and prevent type 2 diabetes: a community-led initiative with Cowessess First Nation
  • Rosalie Dostie: Use of telehealth for pediatric rehabilitation needs of Indigenous children: a scoping review
  • Charlotte Ross: Indigenous mental health and wellbeing through Indigenous language revitalization and rebuilding human-land-animal relations, based on traditional-cultural knowledge practices and methods

 2:15-2:30             Afternoon break

 2:30       Panel 3: Projects supported by SK-NEIHR Community Partnership funding, and                                        developing partnerships

  • Rhett Sangster, Office of the Treaty Commissioner: Indicators for Health, Wellness and Treaty Implementation for Peoples in Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Dr. Bob Patrick: Climate Change Adaptation Planning with First Nation Communities in Saskatchewan and British Columbia
  • Delaney King: Neurodiversity Through a "Two-eyed" Lens
  • Dr. Paul Hackett: The Role of the Indian Residential School System in the Tuberculosis Epidemic in Saskatchewan: A Proposed Research Program
  • Dr. Gordon Sarty: MRI for Northern Community Health Clinics

 3:35        SK-NEIHR funding opportunities, and research readiness checklists

3:45        Open discussion: ideas from community members for research partnerships

4:15-4:30 pm      Closing Remarks