Established in 2020, the Research Exchange Group on the Indigenous Health will create community connection and collaborative opportunities for Indigenous peoples and Memorial University researchers, community activists, and stakeholders who want to explore ways to build Indigenous community research capacity; respect Indigenous ways of knowing, Indigenous knowledge translation and mobilization; the co-creation of community-based, community-driven research with, for, and by Indigenous communities; promote Indigenous communities’ ways of knowing and healing; promote anti-colonial practice and generate research that has direct prelevance for Indigenous communities. The group will promote equitable partnerships and honour traditional knowledge; be an avenue for Indigenous circle pedagogy, team and group work.
The convener of this group is Fred Andersen, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Memorial University whose scholarly interests include a self-reflexive gaze which champions the voices of residential school survivors and their successive generations. Fred has a wide ranging local, regional and national community-based and institutional expertise in the areas of HIV/AIDS, addictions and mental health. His practice areas focus on Indigenous contexts in both urban and community populations as an addictions counsellor, mental health consultant and therapist, advocate and activist, and as a community-based researcher.
We are now at work on a roster of meetings for the coming months. Please stay tuned.