Dr. Carrie Bourassa will be leaving the First Nations University of Canada to take on the role of Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health. Her appointment takes effect on February 1, 2017.

“I am honoured to have the opportunity to continue to serve Indigenous communities in this new capacity. Throughout my academic career, I have been focused on shining a light on the long-standing health issues and their roots that we as Indigenous people face. It is an exciting time for growth and innovation and I look forward to building on the work of Dr. Malcolm King. I commend him for his leadership in Aboriginal peoples’ health research. The CIHR team and I will do our utmost to ensure a seamless transition,” said Dr. Carrie Bourassa in a press release.

She has spent 15 years as a professor of Indigenous health studies in the Department of Indigenous Health, Education and Social Work at the First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) in Regina. During that time, her research has done much to raise awareness about the impacts of colonization on the health of Indigenous peoples and the need to deliver culturally safe care.

Dr. Bourassa is Chair of Northern & Indigenous Health at the Health Sciences North Research Institute in Sudbury, a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada and a public member of the Royal College Council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

In 2012, Dr. Bourassa won the Wiichihiwayshinawn Foundation Inc. Métis Award in Health and Science. In August 2016, she was named to the CIHR Institutes Advisory Board on Indigenous Peoples’ Health.

Dr. Bourassa is Métis and belongs to the Riel Métis Council of Regina Inc. (RMCR, Local #34). She earned her Master of Arts degree in political science and Ph.D. in social studies at the University of Regina.

CIHR recently announced actions to strengthen its relationship with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and increase its investments in Indigenous health research.

“I’m pleased to welcome Dr. Bourassa to the CIHR leadership team. With her wealth of experience in Indigenous health, she is extremely well-suited to help CIHR implement its action plan to strengthen Indigenous health research in Canada and ultimately, build a healthier future for First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples,” said Dr. Alain Beaudet, president of CIHR.

As Scientific Director of CIHR’s Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health, Dr. Bourassa will work with the Indigenous health research community and stakeholders to help implement this new 10-point plan to “Build a healthier future for Indigenous Peoples.” She will also play a critical role in contributing to the development of the next generation of Indigenous researchers through capacity building and mentoring.




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