Indigenous Cultural Responsiveness Theory (ICRT): a New Tool for Improving Health Outcomes for FNMI (First Nations, Metis and Inuit) peoples

Date & Time:  November 27, 2018

Presented by:  Dr. JoLee Sasakamoose, Associate Professor, Educational Psychology & Counselling, University of Regina

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Presentation:   In this webinar, Dr. Sasakamoose will present the Indigenous Cultural Responsiveness Theory (ICRT) as a decolonized pathway designed to guide research that continuously improves the health, education, governance, and policies of Indigenous Peoples. Decolonizing practices include privileging and engaging in Indigenous philosophies, beliefs, practices, and values that counter colonialism and restore well-being.

Dr. Sasakamoose will discuss how the Cultural Responsiveness Framework was developed, why it is needed to help restore Indigenous wellness in Western society, and its implementation in various projects.

Bio:  Dr. JoLee Sasakamoose is an Anishinabe (Ojibwe) from the Three Fires Confederacy in Michigan and Ontario with membership in M’Chigeeng First Nation and is an active citizen of Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation in Saskatchewan.  Dr. Sasakamoose is the recently appointed Research Director of the Indigenous Wellness Research Community Network in Saskatchewan. 

She is an Associate Professor in Educational Psychology and Counselling at the University of Regina.  JoLee serves is a methodologist with the Saskatchewan Centre for Patient Oriented Research (SCPOR).  In partnership with the First Nations communities of Saskatchewan, JoLee authored the Indigenous Cultural Responsiveness Theory (ICRT), a theoretical framework to guide research that improves the health of Indigenous peoples in Saskatchewan.  JoLee has received funding from the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, the Community Initiatives Fund, the Saskatchewan Instructional Development and Research Unit, the Canadian Institute of Health Research, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Heritage Foundation.  She teaches Group Counselling, Counselling Girls and Women, Counselling Children and Youth, Indigenous Family Therapies, and Decolonizing Research Methodologies.

Relevant Resource:  Saskamoose, J., Bellegarde, T., Sutherland, W., Pete, S., & Mckay-Mcnabb, K. (2017). Miýo-pimātisiwin Developing Indigenous Cultural Responsiveness Theory (ICRT): Improving Indigenous Health and Well-Being. International Indigenous Policy Journal, 8(4). doi:10.18584/iipj.2017.8.4.1

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