April 27, 2017
Carrie Bourassa is Chair in Indigenous and Northern Health, and Senior Scientist, at Health Sciences North Research Institute, in Sudbury, Ontario. She is also the Scientific Director of the Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Prior to taking this position in October 2016 and the Scientific Director Position in February 2017, Dr. Bourassa served her communities as a Professor of Indigenous Health Studies at First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) for 15 years. She is an Indigenous community-based researcher and is proud to be the successful Nominated Principal Investigator on two Canada Foundation for Innovation Grants that funded the Indigenous Community-based Health Research Lab (renamed Morningstar Lodge) in 2010, and most recently in April 2016 the Cultural Safety Evaluation, Training and Research Lab at FNUniv. She is a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada. Dr. Bourassa is Métis, belonging to the Regina Riel Métis Council #34.
She was a member of the CIHR Standing Committee on Ethics for six years, ending in 2014. She is a public member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, serves on the Saskatchewan RESOLVE Steering Committee, International Indigenous Dementia Research Network, and was recently appointed as a member of the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health at the University of Toronto.
She is an accredited Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Program facilitator through FNUniv and is actively involved in volunteering at community centres, including the Regina Métis Sports and Culture Centre.