Self-determination and inclusion central to Indigenous health in Sask., say experts – CBC

Indigenous health research at University of Saskatchewan set to receive $1.25M

Aug 15, 2023

Indigenous health research at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) is set to receive $1.25 million from the Royal University Hospital Foundation to enhance self-determination in Indigenous health and create further capacity to include different world views.

The money will help research in that area continue for another five years. It’s earmarked for the Cameco Chair in Indigenous Health and Wellness at the U of S College of Medicine.

“For many Indigenous peoples, self-determination is a really critical part of who we are. This goes all the way back to our early treaties and continues on today,” said Alexandra King, who is a Nipissing First Nation member, the Cameco Chair in Indigenous Health and Wellness, a researcher and an internal medicine specialist.

The funding of the role at the U of S and similar initiatives across the country is aligned with efforts by the federal government to advance self-determination in health as defined through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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