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Recent and past webinars

Originally recorded November 25, 2021

Fleur Macqueen Smith and Rhonda Taillon discuss preparing grant budgets. Topics include who you can pay, budget categories, staff and student compensation, materials, supplies and services, and travel. They also touch on how to write budget justification documents and what you're able to do once funding has been awarded.

Originally recorded November 3, 2021

Building Research Together: Introducing nātawihowin and mamawiikikayaahk Research Networks (SK-NEIHR) Community Research Facilitation and Community Partnership Grants 
  • Learn about relationship-building through supportive partnerships with Principal Investigators and Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan.
  • Learn about current grant opportunities, application process.
  • Q&A

Originally recorded Thursday, April 15, 2021

The nātawihowin and mamwiikikayaahk Research Network, (SK-NEIHR), hoested a three-part Racism in Healthcare webinar series.

This, the first webinar in the series focused on the ways in which Indigenous patients naviagate our current health system, what processes and pathways they interact with when faced with a racist encounter, how complaints are managed within the health system and across regulatory bodies, and what response mechanisms exist to redress racismm at the systems level.

This session was facilitated by Dr. Holly Graham, RN, BA, BScN, MN, PhD, R.D, Psychologist, Indigenous Research Chair in Nursuing, Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan and opened by Knowledge Keepr Judy Pelly. Dr. Veronica Mckinney, MD, CCFP, an Indigenous physician and Director of Northern Medical Services, provides a lay of the land for healthcare in the province.

Panel members (below) were then invited to respond, situating their responses within their own organizational context.

  • Dr. Susan Shaw, MD, FRCPC, CCPE, Chief Medical Officer, Saskatchewan Health Authority
  • Allan Adam, BA, Chief Executive Officer, Athabasca Health Authority
  • Cindy Smith, RN, Executive Director, Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association
  • Andre Letendre, Cultural Systems Advisor, First Nations and Métis Health, SHA
  • Dr. James Stempien, BSc, MD, FCFP, CCFP-EM, CCPE, Provincial Department Head Emergency Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
  • Bonnie Brossart, Chief Executive Officer, Saskatchewan Medical Association
  • Dr. Karen Shaw, MD, Registrar and Chief Medical Officer, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan

Suggested Readings to guide your thinking:

  1. Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
  2. In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in B.C. Health Care, November 2020             Full Report & Summary
  3. Tait CL, Mussell W, Henry R. Micro-Reconciliation as a Pathway for Transformative Change: Applying a reconciliation strategy to the everyday relationships Indigenous peoples have with the human service sector. International Journal of Indigenous Health, 14:2 (2019). 

Additional Suggested Readings:

Originally recorded March 31, 2021

Dr. Veronica McKinney, MD, CCFP, Métis Nation — Saskatchewan Health Minister Marg Friesen, and Knowledge Keeper Judy Pelly discuss COVID-19 vaccination in Saskatchewan. This event was co-hosted by the nātawihowin and mamawiikikayaahk Research Networks (SK-NEIHR) and Métis Nation—Saskatchewan. Greg Riehl RN, MA, Research Manager of the NEIHR National Coordinating Centre moderates this webinar which includes includes a brief information session, followed by a Question and Answer period.

Dr. Veronica McKinney is the Director of Northern Medical Services, which provides healthcare services to 40,000 people living in Northern Saskatchewan through agreements with the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada, the Saskatchewan Health Authority, and the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. McKinney, who has Cree and Métis ancestry, is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan’s medical school, and she has decades of experience as a front-line practitioner, professor, and health care leader in Saskatchewan. She was named Physician Leader of the Year by the Saskatchewan Medical Association in 2020. Dr. McKinney believes strongly in her traditional cultural teachings and applies them to her practice of medicine. She is a strong advocate for Indigenous people’s health, having witnessed and experienced the inequities firsthand.

Originally recorded Thursday, March 18, 2021


Mary Culbertson, Treaty Commissioner of Saskatchewan

Rhett Sangster, Director, Reconciliation and Community Partnerships, Office of the Treaty Commissioner

Using its stature as a neutral provincial facilitator, the Office of the Treaty Commissioner is working to support a provincial movement for Truth and Reconciliation through Treaty Implementation. The OTC has been working since 2013 to build from the grass-roots a vision of successful truth, reconciliation and Treaty implementation, and a methodology that measures true progress. The measurement framework we have developed aims to: 1) measure collective impact towards truth, reconciliation and Treaty Implementation in Saskatchewan; 2) to inspire action within Saskatchewan’s peoples, organizations, and system sectors; and 3) to inform reconciliation learning across the province.

We are looking for researchers and others who would like to collaborate on this work. Hear about the evaluation methods we are developing, our tools for baseline mapping and action planning of Reconciliation efforts in organizations, and our plans to develop a larger research program evaluating Reconciliation and Treaty implementation in Saskatchewan and beyond.  

Co-hosted by the SK-NEIHR, the NEIHR National Coordinating Centre, and the Office of the Treaty Commissioner

Canadian Hub for Applied and Social Research (CHASR) Services and Research Supports 

Originally recorded February 11, 2021.
At this webinar, CHASR Director Jason Disano introduced CHASR’s services and research supports, and University of Saskatchewan researcher Dr. Stacey Lovo talked about how CHASR supported the Musculoskeletal Health and Access to Care research team on a project working with a Northern community to address chronic back pain. Dr. Lovo is an Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science and Principal Investigator in the First Nations and Métis Health Research Network.

Jason Disano, Director, Canadian Hub for Applied and Social Research (CHASR,

Dr. Stacey Lovo, Assistant Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science, USask, and Principal Applicant, nātawihowin and mamawiikikayaahk Research Networks (SK-NEIHR)


The Canadian Hub for Applied and Social Research (CHASR) is a unique university-based research support and consulting service, housed at the University of Saskatchewan. Operating on a cost-recovery basis, CHASR regularly engages and supports academic-based researchers from a variety of disciplines, backgrounds, and institutions, government and NGO clients, and private sector firms. CHASR supports research projects at all stages. It offers research support and consultation at the design phase; data collection through tools including surveys and focus groups; analysis and processing of data; presentation of results through formats such as written reports and visual maps; and customized training services. 

CHASR evolved from the University of Saskatchewan’s Social Sciences Research Laboratories (SSRL), which opened in 2011, and since that time has worked with clients across Canada and internationally, providing access to eight specialized laboratories and experts in social research methods. Last year, CHASR supported more than 500 researchers spanning more than 350 unique projects. 

Originally recorded October 8, 2020.

Dr. Caroline Tait has developed a hybrid model for communities holding funds as part of the Saskatchewan NEIHR network, to increase communities' access to research funds and discusses the pros, cons, and other considerations during this webinar. 

This event was co-hosted by the NEIHR National Coordinating Centre, the nātawihowin and mamawiikikayaahk Research Networks (SK-NEIHR), and the Manitoba NEIHR network Kishaadigeh: Indigenous Self Determination through Research for our Future Generations.

This webinar highlights the ways in which the Indigenous Wellness Research Community Network and Wellness Wheel Medical clinic are empowering and strengthening capacity with partner First Nations through prevention, testing, and health promotion strategies. 
With Dr. JoLee Sasakamoose, PhD and Dr. Stuart Skinner, MD, DTMH, FRCPC
Hosted in partnership by the nātawihowin and mamawiikikayaahk Research Networks (SK-NEIHR) and the NEIHR National Coordinating Centre

Originally recorded April 9, 2020

Facilitated by mentor: Dr. Simon Lambert 

This video details disaster, covid, and emergency response research outlined by Dr. Simon Lambert

Recent and Past Events

Roundtable on the impact of Pretendians in the Academy well received, with other talks planned 

“I so appreciated hearing from Indigenous knowledge keepers, Elders, researchers and students on the panel.
"Their experiences and insights are priceless.” 
- Participant responses from post-event survey
On a very cold December day in Saskatoon (-29C), people gathered in person and online for the roundtable discussion Indigenous Identity: the Impact of Pretendians in the Academy. Panelists included Saskatchewan NEIHR knowledge keeper Terri Hansen-Gardiner (Métis), professors Winona Wheeler (Cree) and Caroline Tait (Métis), community organizer Tracey Robinson (Cree), graduate student Jamie LaFleur (Cree) and moderator Dr. Robert (Bobby) Henry (Métis).  You can watch the talk online here.  In the post-event survey, most people said this was the first Saskatchewan NEIHR event that they attended, and that it helped them validate Indigenous-held ways of doing research, clarified the role that they could play in facilitating anti-oppressive, community-based research, policies, and/or practices, and motivated them to hold institutions and governments to account on oppressive health research, policies or practices.People also appreciated the hybrid format, with options to join in person, on Facebook live, or watch the recording afterwards on Facebook or YouTube. Many people expressed interest in additional or longer events on this topic, which we are in the process of planning.
Elk Ride Retreat Photo

The Saskatchewan National Environmental Indigenous Health Research Network aka the nātawihowin and mamawiikikayaahk networks principle investigators came together in person and online to discuss and communicate priorities of the network at Elk Ridge and Wakesui Lake Resort. Organized over two days and one evening reception, the retreat enabled the different members to meet at the halfway point of the five-year grant cycle for the SK-NEIHR.

The retreat was attended by Elder Terry Gardiner (Métis), principals investigators: Dr. Caroline Tait (University of Saskatchewan), Dr. Robert Henry (University of Saskatchewan), Dr. Holly Graham (University of Saskatchewan), Dr. Jolee Saskamoose (University of Regina), Dr. Heather Foulds (University of Saskatchewan), Dr. Leah Fergusson (University of Saskatchewan), Jaris Swidrovich (University of Toronto), Dr. Carrie Lavaille (First Nataions University), and Simon Lambert (University of Saskatchewan), as well as two student representatives Jaime LaFluer (University of Saskatchewan) and Dylan Merrick (University of Saskatchewan). 

This gathering brought together principle investigators, an Elder, and two students to discuss future plans and funds given out by the network. This encompassed conversations about past goals and experiences. Including conversations of past networking, programs, and funding.

In conjunction with talks of the past, conversation of the future direction also took precedence in the form of future tasks and considerations. Future tasks were derived from needed capacity and structural development. While future considerations were considered by each member about what is the best use of time and funds.

June 13-15 2022 

In June 2022 the nātawihowin and mamawiikikayaahk Research Networks (SK-NEIHR) will host their first Annual Gathering. 

This Gathering highlighted Indigenous Health Research in Saskatchewan and will be partnered with the Saskatchewan Indigenous Mentorship Network's Annual Gathering which focused on student research, provided workshops on Indigenous health research, elder panels, and more. 

August 24 - 26, 2021

The 2021 Gathering took place online via Zoom due to COVID-19. It was hosted over three days and brought together Indigenous students, faculty, and community researchers from across health and wellness fields. Participants joined from Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Edmonton and beyond. 

Student presentations took place daily, facilitated by faculty mentors. Each day featured movement breaks, two of which were led by Jenny Gardipy (PhD student, Indigenous Studies). 

Tuesday, August 24th featured a cooking class with Chef Dickie Yuzicapi of Sioux Chef Catering (pictured here). On Wednesday, August 25 Jacqueline Smith (MA student, Indigenous Studies) and Dr. Simon Lambert faciliated a trivia night. 

Each day we hosted a Lunch and Learn with guest speakers including Dr. D'Aragon, Dr. Henry, Dr. Gabel, and Nick Reymond. Click here to see the recorded webinars.

No Annual Gathering took place in 2020 due to COVID-19. Instead we hosted an orientation session online in September 2020 for new and returning students.

First Nations University of Canada (Regina)
September 26-28. 2019

The 2019 Annual Gathering was a three day event that brought together Indigenous students, faculty, staff, and practitioners from across Health Science disciplines. We stayed in Kīsik Towers at the University of Regina and spent each day at the First Nations University campus.

Thursday, September 26 included a field trip to All Nations Healing Hospital in Fort Qu'Appell, SK where we learned about the weaving of traditional and western medicine, their birthing unit, and more. Back in Regina, Dr. Angela McGinnis gave a presentation on the horse-human relationship and we met Boozhoo, a Lac La Croix Indigenous pony from The Red Pony Stands Ojibwe Horse Sanctuary.

Friday, September 27 included a BRRIC workshop hosted by the Indigenous Peoples' Health Research Centre, a presentation on Wellness Wheel from Dr. JoLee Sasakamoose, and a keynote address by Dr. Emma LaRocque. 

Saturday, September 28 included student presentations and faculty workshops. 

Wanuskewin Heritage Park (Saskatoon)
September 8-9, 2018

Our first Annual Gathering was attended by over 80 Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, faculty, and community members with an interest in Indigenous health and wellness research. 

It included networking sessions and workshops from faculty and staff. These included: Addressing Mental Health and Resilience in Academia wtih Dr. Holly Graham, Walking in Both Worlds & Medicine Bag Making with Dr. Rose Roberts and Dr. Stryker Calvez, Graduate Studies Abroad with Dr. Michelle Johnson-Jennings, Working in Post-disaster Indigenous landscapes with Dr. Simon Lambert, and an introduction to program evaluation with Micheal Heimlick. We hosted a new investigator panel featuring Drs. Braden Te Hewi (UBC), Heather Foulds (USask), and Dr. Robert Henry (USask). 

Indigenous students Joseph Neapetung (Phsyiology & Pharmacology), Kate Elliott (Medicine), 
Dr. Adam McInnes (Engineering) presented on their research and cultural activities were hosted by Randy Morin, Ruth Cuthand, and Kate Elliott.