IPHRC sat down with doctoral student Deanna Bickford to ask her more about her research and her CIHR Doctoral Research Award - Priority Announcement: Aboriginal Research Methodologies, worth $108,000.00 over 3 years.
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What is your connection to IPHRC? 
I have held an IPHRC Graduate student scholarship for the last 2 years. 
Tell us about your research project:
My research is the continuation of a long-term partnership with the community of Standing Buffalo Dakota First Nation (SBDFN). Together we have been exploring what makes and keeps on-reserve First Nations (FN) youth healthy. My PhD research is an extension of this research of this and will explore the use of traditional Dakota winter counts as a FN way of knowing and knowledge translation for health with FN youth. From this research we hope to better understand a) What are youth's experiences of health? And b) What are their preceptions of the use of winter counts in research into ways of knowing and knowledge translation? The purpose of this research is also to review and renew the winter count legacy in the community of SBDFN through the youth and to build capacity within the participating youth to create and perpetuate winter counts. 
What is your primary area of research?
My primary areas of research include visual methodologies, Indigenous/culturally respectful methodologies, health and First Nations youth, and cultural safety in research. 
How has your relationship with IPHRC supported you in your research?
As a PhD student the support from IPHRC has allowed me to focus on developing as both a researcher and an academic. The financial support from IPHRC has also allowed me to attend university full time, as well as to participate in a number of national and international conferences. These conferences have enhanced my understanding of health in the Aboriginal/Indigenous context, and broadened my views to include Aboriginal/Indigenous health in the global context. IPHRC has also provided me with opportunities for networking, access to experts in my field, and kept me informed about activities that supported my growth and development. 
What are your future plans and goals in your research and academic career?
Right now I have one major goal - finishing my PhD in Nursing. On a larger scale, I am troubled by the health disparities experienced by First Nations peoples in Canada. I hope that through my research I can contribute to the creation of meaningful and innovative research approaches that will enhance the understanding of health in a FN context and ultimately to a path towards health equity. 
Congratulations, Deanna!
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Serene Smyth, IPHRC doctoral student at the College of Kinesiology, University of Saskatchewan

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Cassie Ozog
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