The Indigneous Peoples' Health Research Centre (IPHRC) is seeking applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow to work on a multi-institutional, SHRF-funded research project titled Iyiniw-Oskâtisak Pamihisowak: Using Indigenous Knowledge For A Healthier Aboriginal Youth. For more information on the project and team members, please see the summary and web links below.
 
This fellowship will provide a stipend and research allowance to a Postdoctoral Fellow who will support and contribute to this project. For further information on the project, please see the attached summary. Please note that this research will be conducted in partnership with Aboriginal communities and emphasize knowledge translation and capacity building in Aboriginal health research by individuals, communities, and institutions.
 
Position Description/Responsibilities: The successful candidate will join an established team of Aboriginal health researchers who utilize a mixed-methods approach to research that includes community-based participatory, Indigenous, arts-based, and qualitative approaches. The Postdoctoral Fellow will have an opportunity to hone her or his skills in research by participating in data collection, analysis, and dissemination. The project will also provide the succesful candidate with an opportunity to learn about research project management, grant writing, and writing for publication. 
 
Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must have completed their Ph.D within 5 years of applying, have knowledge of the issues germane to Aboriginal peoples' health, and have a demonstrated ability to carry out productive research. Candidates from a wide array of disciplines will be considered. Demonstrated experience working successfully within the Aboriginal community would be an asset.
 
Duration: 1 year with a possibility of renewal
 
Amount of Award: $43,000.00 plus a $5,000.00 research allowance
 
Deadline: Open until filled
 
The application package should include:
 
1. Covering letter;
2. Summary of a proposed research plan that will fit within the larger research project (2 pages);
3. Curriculum vitae;
4. Two confidential letters of support to be sent directly to jo-ann.episkenew@uregina.ca from individuals who can comment on the candidate's research ability and relevant work experiences, espeically within the Aboriginal community;
5. Official post-secondary transcripts and degree certificates;
6. Proof of work/study permit (as appropriate);
7. Copy of published articles.
 
Please send your application package to:
Jo-Ann Episkenew, Ph.D
Indigenous Peoples' Health Research Centre
CK 115, University of Regina
Jo-Ann.Episkenew@uregina.ca
(306)337-3318
 
Project Summary:
Iyiniw-Oskâtisak Pamihisowak: Using Indigenous Knowledge For A Healthier Aboriginal Youth
The health of Aboriginal peoples in Canada ranks alarmingly low in a variety of indicators. These measures paint a bleak picture for Aboriginal youth, especially in rural and remote areas. Wide gaps in Aboriginal youth health research exist, particulary in regard to culturally-relevant research methodologies, capacity building, and policy formulation. The main purpose of this group grant is to give continuity to and and expand on the work of the Indigenous Peoples' Health Research Centre (IPHRC) in the area of Aboriginal health, with an emphasis on Aboriginal youth health. The proposed research seeks to capitalize on existing work done by the IPHRC to develop culturally-appropriate, cost-effective health interventions among Aboriginal youth using Indigenous and arts-based methods. Objectives for this phase are to a) expand arts-based health interventions targeting Aboriginal youth to rural and remote Saskatchewan communities; b) refine and advance research methodologies dealing with Aboriginal youth health and fomulate best practices for future research; and c) increase existing Aboriginal health capacity by providing health advocacy and research training to and support for a cohort of Aboriginal youth who will have a positive impact on the health of their communities. Long term objectives are to d) formulate culturally-relevant public policies at the provincial and national level that will improve the health of Aboriginal peoples in remote regions, with a particular emphasis on youth; and e) establish synergies between a diverse and multidisciplinary group of scholars so that they can succesfully apply to Tri-Council, national, and international funding sources for further research with Aboriginal youth regarding health. 
 
Web Links:
Acting Out! Developing Aboriginal Youth Health Leadership Through Theatre project website
Team member Dr. Charity Marsh's Interactive Media and Performance Lab
Team member Dr. Jennifer Poudrier's Photovoice Project: Iskewewak Miwayawak - Women Feeling Healthy