Media Advisory – Queen’s University Indigenous health researcher earns Indspire Award

Press Release

February 4, 2020

KINGSTON – Queen’s University professor Karen Lawford is one of 12 recipients of the 2020 Indspire Awards, representing the highest honour the Indigenous community gives to its own people. Dr. Lawton won her award for her work in health.

The awards recognize Indigenous professionals and youth who demonstrate outstanding career achievement on a national level in a variety of fields, including: the arts, business, culture, education, health, law, public service, sports, and lifetime achievement. The Indspire Awards are presented by Indspire, a national Indigenous charity that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.


Dr. Lawford, from Lac Seul First Nation, Ontario became a registered midwife in 2006. She is an assistant professor in Gender Studies at Queen’s and works as a community advocate in the area of maternity care. Her research focuses on the provision of maternity care for those living on reserves and currently she is a co-investigator on a Status of Women Canada research project, entitled Empowering women leaders in health: Health care, health sciences, & Indigenous health.


The ceremony takes place on Friday, March 6 in Ottawa. Following the ceremony, the 2020 Indspire Awards will be broadcast Sunday, June 21.


Anne Craig, Media Relations Officer

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