Webinar: Utilizing the Cultural Responsiveness Framework to Develop a Strength-Based, Trauma-Informed Evaluation
SAVE THE DATE: September 20, 20211-2:30 pm
Delivered by Dr. JoLee Sasakamoose, (Iskew, lifegiver). See below for full bio.
Register in advance for this meeting:
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The webinar will address the following topics:
- Increase awareness, knowledge, and use of responsive evaluation techniques in Indigenous contexts;
- Promote traditional approaches and local innovation in evaluative practice with Indigenous peoples and programs;
- Develop understandings and employ responsive evaluation techniques to support Indigenous peoples' full participation;
- Consider using Indigenous peoples' developed or approved evaluation and research techniques inside the SHA;
- Facilitate Indigenous peoples' self-determination by engaging them in the program development and evaluations process.
Dr. JoLee Sasakamoose is an Anishinabe (Ojibwe) from Michigan and Ontario with membership in M’Chigeeng First Nation and is an active citizen of Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. Dr. JoLee is the founding Counselling and Wellness Director of the Muskiki Muskwa Medicine Bear Healing Lodge and Peer Advocacy Services part of the Indigenous Wellness Research Community Network. The lodge assists peoples in the area of Treaties 4 and 6 in their recovery from the residues of historical and intergenerational traumas related to colonization, residential schools and the ongoing genocidal practices occurring in Canada today. Medicine Bear offers a training ground for practicum students from various professions including counselling, social work, medicine, nursing, policing, education and a host of many others. Peer Health Advocacy services and training support in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association ensure capacity building is locally-driven and resourced.
While she was the Research Director of the Wellness Wheel Medical Clinic in Saskatchewan, Dr. Sasakamoose engaged clinicians and patients as co-researchers in areas of HIV/infectious/chronic disease prevention and treatment, mental health and addictions, and the uses of traditional plant medicines and land-based healing for wellness.
In order to improve health care and access, Dr. Sasakamoose creates spaces where Indigenous people can collaborate with healthcare practitioners, policymakers and researchers. With funding from multiple agencies, the Indigenous Wellness Research Community Network is aligning service providers under the cultural responsiveness framework.
Dr. Sasakamoose is a Principal Investigator in the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)-funded Saskatchewan First Nations and Metis Health Research Network (FMHRN). The nātawihowin (the art of self-healing) First Nations Health and Wellness Network is the only First Nations-specific health research network in Saskatchewan. Under the umbrella of Federations of Sovereign Indigenous Nations' (FSIN) Health and Social Development Commission (HSDC) and FMHRN, Dr. Sasakamoose serves as one of the Interim Scientific Directors. In collaboration with the First Nations communities of Saskatchewan, she co-authored the Indigenous Cultural Responsiveness Theory (ICRT), now known as the CRF, a theoretical framework to direct research that improves the health of Indigenous peoples in Saskatchewan.
Dr. Sasakamoose is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Educational Psychology and Counselling subject area at the University of Regina. She teaches Group Counselling, Counselling Girls and Women, Counselling Children and Youth, Indigenous Family Therapies, and Decolonizing Research Methodologies. She earned her Master of Science degree in Human Development, Counselling and Family Studies from the University of Rhode Island and her PhD in Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education from Michigan State University.