Indigenous Health & Resilience through Disaster

About IHRD


The critical analysis of Indigenous peoples’ 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

We have a partnership agreement between the University of Alberta researchers and the Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre (NAFC) 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.