I received my PhD in social work from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2008, my MSW from Laurier in 2001 and my BSW in Indigenous Social Work from Laurentian University in 2000.
Prior to joining Laurier in 2011, I was an assistant professor at York University (2009-2011) and an executive director at Anishnabeg Outreach Inc. (2008-2010).
The main focus of my research is the improvement of well-being for Indigenous Canadians. My research practice is guided by holism and the commitment toward placing control of Indigenous knowledge firmly in the hands of Indigenous communities.
Recent projects include “Together We’re Strong: An Investigation into the Health and Wellness Needs of Urban Aboriginal Stakeholders in the Waterloo Region and Wellington County,” which was a partnership between the Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre and the Manulife Centre for Community Health Research, and “Urban Aboriginal Youths’ Service Needs in the Kitchener Community,” which was a partnership with Anishnabeg Outreach Inc. that was youth-led.
I am a research partner with the Manulife Centre for Community Health Research and there are research assistantships opportunities for graduate students interested in community-based research.
I am willing to supervise graduate students in the areas of Indigenous health and wellness, Indigenous community capacity building, understanding Indigenous traditional healing, Indigenous social work practice, and explorations of Indigenous decolonization.
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