Age-Well Webinar – Allyship in Action: Strategies and Experiences of Indigenous and Settler Researchers

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May 4 @ 1:00 pm2:00 pm EDT


Join us for a panel discussion on what true allyship looks like between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in academia and research.

Addressing anti-Indigenous racism in research and academia is crucial to advancing reconciliation, equity and social justice. What does this look like when it comes to allyship? Allies must ask how one can respectfully and ethically engage with Indigenous communities, community-based leaders, activists, scholars, and students when seeking to transform relations with Indigenous peoples. Additionally, together we need to practice listening to, learning from, and taking action with Indigenous peoples.

By attending this webinar, you will learn:

  1. Strategies to actively support Indigenous peoples in academia and research
  2. How to avoid the potential pitfalls of ‘well-meaning’ allyship

WHEN:  May 4, 2021 at 1:00 pm EDT / 11:00 am CST / 10:00 am PDT

Dr. Carrie Bourassa, B.A., M.A., PhD is the Scientific Director of the Indigenous Peoples’ Health Institute (IIPH-CIHR) and a Professor, Community Health & Epidemiology, University of Saskatchewan.  She is the Principal Investigator for the Canada Foundation for Innovation funded Morning Star Lodge as well as the Cultural Safety, Evaluation, Training and Research lab.  Dr. Bourassa has nearly 20 years’ experience as a professor in the field of Indigenous health studies. Through her role as Scientific Director of IIPH, she leads the advancement of a national health research agenda to improve and promote the health of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples in Canada. Dr. Bourassa is an AGE-WELL NCE Network Investigator.

Sarah de Leeuw, PhD, is the author of six literary books (creative non-fiction and poetry) and co-editor of five academic texts (including Determinants of Indigenous Peoples’ Health in Canada: Beyond the Social). Sarah de Leeuw is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work focuses broadly on colonial violence, marginalized peoples, and overlooked underserved geographies. A member of the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH) for more than 15 years, in 2017 de Leeuw was appointed to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Author of more than 105 peer-reviewed publications, from book chapters to journal articles and scholarly entries, de Leeuw was nominated in 2017 for a Governor General’s Literary Prize in non-fiction. De Leeuw holds a Western Magazine Gold Award, two CBC Literary Prizes for creative non-fiction, and the Dorthey Livesay BC Book Prize for poetry. She also holds a PhD in historical-cultural geography and is a Professor and Canada Research Chair (Humanities and Health Inequities) with the Northern Medical Program in Prince George, a distributed site of UBC’s Faculty of Medicine. She grew up in Northern BC (on Haida Gwaii and in Terrace) and now divides her time between Prince George and Okanagan Centre, British Columbia.

Elder Jayne Taylor is Vuntut Gwitchin from Old Crow, Yukon on her mother’s side and third generation Scottish settler on her father’s side. Jayne was brought up in Calgary Alberta; as a child she identified in her home as indigenous and outside the home told people she was French according to what her mother taught her to say. She is a second-generation residential school survivor who learned many lessons from her mother’s experiences of trauma as well as her own.

Jayne’s experiences led her to a career, which she cares deeply about: working the front lines in Child Welfare, Addictions, Indigenous Advocacy in the School System, and Indigenous navigation in the healthcare system. Currently, she works as a mentor in an employment program that hires people with lived experience in homelessness and addictions. She also supports three Indigenous-led and community-based diabetes/obesity-related research projects as Elder Advisor.

Although Jayne has worked and remained in Old Crow for many months meeting family and supporting the community Jayne has made her home in the Okanagan for over forty years where she raised her Son. She now has two Grandchildren. Jayne is profoundly grateful to have been taught by Elders and Knowledge Keepers of the Syilx Nation. From these teachings she has deepened her connection to the land and the water whereby she takes care of her body, mind and spirit. Mahsi Cho

Dr. Viviane Josewski is a first-generation settler researcher from Germany and an AGE-WELL-funded Postdoctoral Fellow with the Faculty of Medicine at UBC Okanagan Campus. Her research interests are in health equity, health policy and financing, and Indigenous health services, with a particular focus on cultural safety, diabetes, mental health and addictions. These interests are informed by more than ten years of working with urban Indigenous communities across BC on a series of community-based health research projects. Currently, she is a member of an interdisciplinary group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers and works together with five urban Indigenous communities, local health care providers and Interior Health Authority on co-developing, implementing and evaluating a culturally safe tele-diabetes/obesity service for urban Indigenous community members.


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