Indigenous Health & Resilience through Disaster

About IHRD


The critical analysis of Indigenous peoples’ health and mental health after a disaster is a significant, but under-studied, public health issue. We apply Indigenous research methods, protocols and ethics to examine how the health and well-being of Indigenous residents and communities in Wood Buffalo were impacted from the wildfire, and how this affects their resilience.




Our Focus

University of Alberta researchers have partnered with Indigenous-led organizations and are working in close collaboration with community leaders to study the health and mental health impacts from the wildfire to Indigenous residents Our collaborative partnerships are based on trusting, reciprocal partner relationships, shared control over research projects, collaborative leadership and decision-making, and dissemination planning that utilizes multiple forms of knowledge

Our research strongly affirms the principles of Ownership, Control, Access and Possession (OCAP)TM, by first engaging our community partners in a university-community partnership, and ensuring that community partners play key roles in the design and implementation of the research. 




Our Image

The fireweed is a plant that springs up on burned land. It is the first plant that grows back after a wildfire. The fireweed represents regrowth and resilience.