Indigenous Health & Resilience through Disaster

Community Engagement

Throughout the research we are committed to work with our community partners, Elders, families and youth to create opportunities for them to connect with their culture while building on their strengths and resilience.

We have partnership agreements with the Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre and McMurray Métis to carry out our research activities in Wood Buffalo. A Community Advisory Committee (CAC) provides spiritual guidance and advice on the direction of our research, ensuring that Indigenous Ways of Knowing informs the research program and resulting activities.

The research team has also collaborated with Alberta decision-makers to support research impact. The following decision-makers on the team include: Alberta Health Services Population, Public and Indigenous Health and Addiction and Mental Health Strategic Clinical Networks, Health Canada's First Nations & Inuit Health Branch, the Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA), Alberta Health Services Emergency Management, the Medical Officer of Health North Zone Lead, and Alberta Health.


Events & Media

Read about current community events and stories about the IHRD study in the media.

First Nations teacher Jennifer Nicotine performs a hoop dance at the Nistawoyou Friendship Centre in Fort McMurray on Monday, May 15, 2017

First Nations teacher Jennifer Nicotine performs a hoop dance at the Nistawoyou Friendship Centre in Fort McMurray on Monday, May 15, 2017


Community blessing ceremony for the study

A blessing ceremony for the study was held on May 15th 2017 at the Nistawoyou Fridenship Centre. Media coverage of the Blessing Ceremony can be found here. The event gathered community members at the Friendship Centre to learn about the research and provide the opportunity to heal through traditional song and dance


Reconcilation in Indigenous Health research

Following the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, researchers in health are considering how to uphold the recommendations, and how to contribute to Indigenous wellbeing in Canada and in their own province. A  panel presentation was held by the UofA's School of Public Health to share on strengthening the research relationship and promising practices in Indigenous health research. IHRD Community Partner Nancy Hollman joined a  panel presenter.

What are the health impacts of forest fires?

Article by Healthy Debates on the Indigenous Health and Resilience through Disaster (IHRD) wildfire study. Click here is read the article

Understanding the impacts of the Fort McMurray Wildfire on Indigenous Residents

Article by the School of Public Health can be found here 

Stephanie Montesanti talks with Windspeaker in an interview about the study

To read the news article click here