Self-determination and inclusion central to Indigenous health in Sask., say experts

Aug 17, 2023

Building capacity for different world views and accommodating Indigenous self-determination in health care is getting a boost in Saskatchewan.

Indigenous health research at the University of Saskatchewan is set to receive $1.25 million from the Royal University Hospital Foundation to enhance self-determination in Indigenous health and create further capacity to include different world views.

The funding is earmarked for the Cameco Chair in Indigenous Health and Wellness at the U of S College of Medicine, helping research within that field continue for another five years.

“For many Indigenous peoples, self-determination is a really critical part of who we are. This goes all the way back to our early treaties and continues on today,” said Alexandra King, a Nipissing First Nation member and an internal medicine specialist and health researcher. King holds the Cameco Chair in Indigenous Health and Wellness.

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Most of our team lives and works on Treaty 6 territory and the Homeland of the Métis. The original peoples of these lands are the Cree, Saulteaux, Dene, Dakota, Lakota, Nakota, and Métis. Others are based in Vancouver, on the unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. We encourage everyone, wherever they are, to learn about the Indigenous people of the lands on which they live and work. We seek to become engaged allies together. In the spirit of truth and reconciliation, we respect the self-determination of First Nations, Métis and Inuit – in their cultures, languages and their pursuit of wellness.

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