National Aboriginal Day – Celebrating Outstanding Indigenous Contributions in Health Research

OTTAWAJune 19, 2017  – Every year, on the day of the summer solstice, Canada celebrates National Aboriginal Day. Not only is it a chance for Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage and diverse cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples, it is also an opportunity to highlight the exceptional contributions of our Indigenous peoples in all areas of Canadian society and all fields of endeavour, including health research.

Two researchers are currently leading the way in the field of Indigenous Health Research: Dr. Carrie Bourassa, the Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health, and Dr. Nadine Caron, a CIHR-funded researcher and Canada’s first First Nations surgeon. In light of National Aboriginal Day and Aboriginal History Month, these outstanding Indigenous female scientists are available to discuss their past achievements and their foreseeable goals concerning the health of Indigenous peoples everywhere.

At the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), we know that research has the power to change lives. As Canada’shealth research investment agency, we collaborate with partners and researchers to support the discoveries and innovations that improve our health and strengthen our health care system.

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For further information: To book an interview, please contact: Dani Ablack, Media Relations, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 613-948-2516,



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