We collaborate with groups and communities across Canada working to promote the health and well-being of First Nations, Inuit and Métis women through research and knowledge translation. This work has included an evaluation of Sheway, a program of the Vancouver Native Health Society that provides supports for substance-using mothers and their children; an examination of First Nations women’s experiences with the mainstream health care system; collaboration with six First Nations communities in British Columbia to assess smoking in teen girls; and, exploring issues in rural First Nations maternity care.
We have recently worked with Dr. Colleen Dell, the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, and many others to study how Indigenous traditional culture is understood and practiced in treatment centres engaging Indigenous youth and adults. While appreciating the overall lower health status that Indigenous women in Canada experience, we continue to recognize the diversity of experiences and locations that Indigenous women have.
In collaboration with the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation and the Canada FASD Research Network, a consensus statement in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action #33 was developed through dialogue with leading experts in Indigenous health and wellness, and FASD.