Indigenous Health and Social Justice Research Group
The Indigenous Health and Social Justice Research Group (IHSJ) is a group of faculty, students, and community members with a common interest in researching the psychosocial, political, cultural, and spiritual determinants of health for Indigenous peoples. Our mission is to advance social justice through collaborative knowledge construction, dissemination, and community engagement. We, as Indigenous and non-Indigenous members, work with a consciousness of Canada’s colonial history, sensitivity to Indigenous methodologies, and honouring of Indigenous voice. As researchers and citizens we collaborate with local, regional and international Indigenous organizations to advance understanding, within the dominant society, of colonial trauma and Indigenous rights and to collectively work to promote health and social justice.
Terry Mitchell with the assistance of research assistants Darren Thomas, Ravi Gokani, and practicum student Pedro Poblete, hosted a 3 day meeting held at Six Nations with 16 participants from Canada and the USA including the Mayo spirit of Eagles program, Aboriginal Cancer Care Unit, CCO, the First Nations Inuit and Metis Group or CPAC, NAHO, Native American Cancer Research. The research meeting which was funded by the Canada Institute of Health Research resulted in the development of an Indigenous Cancer research Network, IC-Hope.