Leader in Indigenizing research recognized with USask honorary degree

Jun 9, 2023

A Sixties’ Scoop survivor who has endured racism and trauma, Sharon Jinkerson-Brass never imagined she would one day walk across a stage to receive an honorary doctorate.

But the Elder and Knowledge Holder from The Key First Nation who works with Pewaseskwan (the Indigenous Wellness Research Group) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask), turned her own healing into something positive, bringing traditional teachings and ceremony to the lives of Indigenous people with their own struggles, especially those living with HIV, hepatitis C and other challenges.

Her lifetime of work bringing Indigenous ways and reconciliation to health research, to the arts, and to community organization was recognized on June 7 when USask awarded her an Honorary Doctor of Laws at its 2023 Spring Convocation.

“I’m standing in the world today looking to the future. What legacy and seeds can I plant upon receiving this honorary doctorate and what can I do to bring beauty into the world with the kind of peer acceptance that this doctorate acknowledges?” Jinkerson-Brass reflected.

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