The Head & Heart Program
Western Research, Student Experience & Indigenous Initiatives
Western’s Head & Heart is a unique research program geared for Indigenous students that strives through an intergenerational network to nurture a community and the next generation of Indigenous scholars. The program model recognizes the value of bringing Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars at different levels (e.g. undergraduate, graduate, emerging and established) together through community-based learning activities that privilege Indigenous research priorities.
The goals of the program are to:
- grow the next generation Indigenous scholars by increasing the number of Indigenous undergraduate students engaged in research at Western;
- facilitate relationship building and mentorship between Indigenous undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty members across all disciplines; and
- nurture an intergenerational network of researchers committed to Indigenous research priorities and needs.
Examining Indigenous Learner Recruitment and Retention Strategies through an Environmental Scan of Canadian Medical Schools
The 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada’s Calls to Action Report outlined the need to better resolve the disparities in health status between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadian population. IN response, several Canadian medical schools began implementing recruitment and retention strategies to increase Indigenous matriculation. This is crucial, as Indigenous physicians are more likely to practice – and provide culturally-competent and comprehensive primary care – in Indigenous communities than physicians of other ethnicities. Therefore, enhancing Indigenous medical workforce development programs will have a strong return on investment in terms of improving the health status of Indigenous populations. However, while the proportion of Indigenous medical students has increased from
Microgrids can take power from other energy sources and share their loads meaning there is a less reliance on diesel power generation. Wind mill power generators, solar power (for the summer) and battery storage are fantastic elements for providing consistent power in the Arctic. These power systems have been tried and proven, in all conditions, over many years. Geothermal is another green efficient way to heat homes and businesses in the Arctic. When I worked for Dome Petroleum in McKinley Bay NWT, I was fortunate to work in the most extreme winter weather the Arctic can produce. With global warming influencing the Arctic now is in a time of change. Having a stable, comprehensive power supply is important to move into the future with.
Colonization has greatly reduced the extent to which Indigenous astronomy is presently known and shared. Much sky lore has become lost or fragmented, and the connections between stories, night sky observations, and their relevance is not as obvious as it once was. A detrimental spiral has ensued with many Western-trained scientists being reluctant to share sky lore out of fear of being misunderstood, disrespected, and dismissed.
Interdisciplinary Lens on Indigenous Health Iniquities: Planning, Nursing, Anthropology, Geography, Education
Chantal Francouer, Alana Kehoe, Ivy Tran, Steven Vanloffeld, Lillian Woroniuk, and Jacob Renaud
Indigenous peoples experience poorer health outcomes on almost every measure of health and wellbeing, when compared to the rest of Canada. For decades researchers have been working independently on addressing health inequalities, yet little progress has been made on closing the gap. This Discipline-specific way of thinking is too narrow and neglects indigenous ideologies of holistic approaches to health. An interdisciplinary approach to indigenous health research provides a more collaborative and integrated opportunity to address the multidimensional aspects of health. This paper has the goals to contribute to the limited research on interdisciplinary indigenous health research.
Community-based participatory research is a contemporary research methodology used largely in health research. Community-based participatory research works to balance power and control in research. Indigenous people around the world have had an continue to have an uncomfortable research. Community-based participatory research is viewed as a way to do ethical research with Indigenous people. This project seeks to understand factors that influence community-based participatory research on Indigenous health using a narrative literature review approach.
Kristin Longdo and Anabel Quan-Haase
Together, the authors have edited Anabel Quan-Haase’s previously written textbook Real Life Sociology: A Canadian Approach, a textbook used in the first year course Introduction to Sociology, to implement more Indigenous content into each chapter. Our motive with modifying the content in this textbook is to give first-year or new students a chance to learn about Canada’s history. Ideally, implementing such content into this textbook will make future students not only aware of what their fellow brothers and sisters have endured, but how they continue to suffer. We can not change the past, but we can shape the future. Young scholars are the future and they have the strength in their voices to influence change in society.
Indigenous people are underrepresented offscreen on film-sets, and misrepresented onscreen. This has always been true in cinema and progress towards proper representation has been incredibly slow.
This has effects both on Indigenous people, and how the rest of society views them. It limits career opportunities for Indigenous filmmakers, restricts Indigenous role models on film, and reinforces cultural misunderstandings in society.
Southern First Nation Secretariat (SFNS) is an organization appointed to seven local member First Nation communities that commits to bridge programs and services for enriched communities while respecting the diversity of culture, values, and traditions. First Nations people make up 4.9% of Canada’s population with 634 communities. First Nation economy circumstances are widely diverse and often uncertain. The relationship is mostly unknown. Therefore, the purpose of the economic leakage project is to help determine how much SFNS member First Nations' governments spend outside of their communities, and how it can be recaptured to enhance their economies and well-being.