Cassandra served in various roles at the Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre (IPHRC) from 2010-16 under the late Dr. Jo-Ann Episkenew, whom she credits as a pivotal mentor, friend and influence in her work. During her time at IPHRC, Cassandra assisted Dr. Episkenew with the creation of the Indigenous Research and Engagement Platform (IREP) for the Saskatchewan Centre of Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR) and the transition of IPHRC to the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. She currently resides in Regina, SK with her husband Justin, a member of Standing Buffalo Dakota First Nation, their 6 dogs and their 3 wild toddlers.
Moses Gordon is from the George Gordon First Nation. He holds a Master's of Public Policy, a Bachelor of Arts in History, and a Certificate in Economics from the University of Regina. Moses is currently a specialist on the Indigenous Research and Engagement Platform with SCPOR. Prior to working at IPHRC, Moses spent over three years working in research at the First Nations University of Canada. In addition to his professional roles, he also serves on the board of directors for George Gordon Developments Ltd., the economic development arm of the George Gordon First Nation, as well as the Indigenous Advisory Circle at the University of Regina.
As the Indigenous Research and Engagement Platform Specialist housed out of IPHRC's Regina location, Moses is responsible for supporting relationships between health researchers and Indigenous communities in the southern half of the province. Promoting the wellbeing of First Nation communities has consistently remained the underlying passion that drives his career. While his foray into health research is a recent one, he arrived from a multidisciplinary background in research on Indigenous nation rebuilding in respect to business development and governance reform. An avid bookworm, Moses strongly believes that the pen is mightier than the sword.
Kirstin Scansen-Isbister is a nehithaw (Woods Cree) woman from the Lac La Ronge Indian Band in northern Saskatchewan. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Political Science from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Arts in Indigenous Governance from the University of Victoria. Kirstin’s Masters’ project/thesis focused on traditional Cree leadership and governance, in the context of resisting resource extraction in northern Saskatchewan.
Kirstin is currently a specialist with the Indigenous Research and Engagement Expertise Platform of SCPOR, serving Indigenous communities in the northern half of the province. Kirstin specializes in relationship building and collaboration with Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan and throughout Canada. Kirstin sees the inclusion of Indigenous voices in patient-oriented research as essential to the development of respectful and reciprocal relationships in the health care system that foster the spirit and intent of treaty and help to break down colonial relationships of research and health care in the province of Saskatchewan.
In her previous roles, Kirstin has worked to connect Indigenous people and communities to resources in the numerous fields. In 2016 she travelled to Iqaluit, Nunavut to conduct research on environmental sustainability and the incorporation of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit in K-12 and post-secondary education on behalf of the Sustainability and Education Policy Network within the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to this, Kirstin enjoyed the role of Aboriginal Student Recruitment Officer on behalf of the University of Saskatchewan.
Kirstin travels home to La Ronge and Vancouver frequently to visit her friends and family. Her interests include land-based practices and teachings and the maintenance and revitalization of nehithaw language. Kirstin can often be found hiking, berry picking, camping, canoeing, snowshoeing and fishing on her ancestral nehithaw homelands.