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CARRIE BOURASSA

Scientific Director of CIHR’s Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health (IIPH)

Professor in the Department of Community Health & Epidemiology, University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine.

 

University of Regina, Ph.D. in Social Studies

Dr. Carrie Bourassa is the Scientific Director of CIHR’s Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health (IIPH). Through IIPH, she leads the advancement of a national health research agenda to improve and promote the health of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples in Canada. The Institute is housed at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon where she is a tenured Professor in the Department of Community Health & Epidemiology, College of Medicine.

Dr. Bourassa spent over 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.

She is a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada, public member of the Royal College Council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Board Member of the Health Quality Council of Saskatchewan and was appointed as a member of the International Research Advisory Board for the HRC of New Zealand in 2019. She also co-moderates CanCOVID #theme-indigenousresearch and is a member of the Saskatchewan COVID19 Evidence Support Think Tank supporting Indigenous health rapid response needs.

Dr. Bourassa is Métis and belongs to the Riel Métis Council of Regina Inc. (RMCR, Local #34).

 

get to know Carrie

 

What are you most proud of in your work or life?
Service to Indigenous communities/mentoring students

 

What are your passions and hobbies?
Being out on the land and taking part in ceremony

 

Do you have a personal motto or other words to live by?
Honour our ancestors, live with integrity and in service to others – we are all connected after all.

 

Favorite snack food?
Fry bread (it’s so bad but so yummy!) and I love trail mix!

 

What advice would you give your younger self?
Stop worrying so much about the future and take life one step at a time.

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