Carrie Bourassa

Carrie Bourassa was born and raised in Regina. Carrie pursued both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Regina. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Political Science in 1995, graduated with her Master of Arts degree in 1999, and earned her Ph.D. in Social Studies in 2008. Her book, based on her dissertation was released in the fall of 2012 entitled Métis Health: The Invisible Problem. Carrie is a Professor in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology for the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. She has also worked as a Professor in the Department of Indigenous Health, Education and Social Work at the First Nations University of Canada teaching Indigenous Health Studies. She is currently the Scientific Director for the Canadian Institutes of Indigenous People's Health. Carrie’s research interests include the impacts of colonization on the health of Indigenous people; creating culturally safe care in health service delivery; Indigenous community-based health research methodologies; end of life care with Indigenous people; dementia among Indigenous people; HIV and AIDS among Indigenous women, Indigenous ethics and Indigenous women’s health. In November 2014 Carrie was deeply humbled to be inaugurated into the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada. Carrie is also a public member of the Royal College Council, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and is a Member of the Campion College Board of Regents. Carrie recently completed her second 3 year term as a member of the Canadian Institute for Health Research Standing Committee on Ethics. She is also a member of the Saskatchewan RESOLVE Steering Committee and was honoured to complete a chapter for the Saskatchewan Child Welfare Review in 2010 entitled Final Summary Review of the Manitoba Child Welfare System for the Saskatchewan Child Welfare Review Report. She is also an accredited Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Program facilitator through the First Nations University of Canada. Carrie was proud to be the successful Nominated Principal Investigator on a Canada Foundation for Innovation Grant that funded the Indigenous Community-based Health Research Labs at FNUniv. In 2004, Carrie was honoured when she was chosen as one of Saskatchewan’s ten Aboriginal Role Models by the Aboriginal Employment Development Program’s Provincial Aboriginal Representative Workforce Council (PARWC). Carrie was also a recipient of the Campion College Alumni of Distinction Award for Professional Achievement and was inducted into the Alpha Sigma Nu Honour Society of Jesuit Institutions of Higher Education in November 2010. In 2012 Carrie won the Wiichihiwayshinawn Foundation Inc. Metis Award in Health and Science. Carrie is Métis and belongs to the Riel Métis Council of Regina Inc. (RMCR, Local #34). She resides in Saskatoon with her husband, Chad and her daughter Lillie, 9.