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Dr. Carrie Bourassa BA (Hon), MA, PhD Professor Community Health and Epidemiology

HSC Ewing 3248

Research Area(s)

  • Indigenous community-based research
  • Indigenous research methods / methodologies
  • Cultural safety and anti-racism
  • Water governance and Indigenous law
  • Dementia and aging in Indigenous populations
  • HIV, AIDS and STDs in Indigenous women


Selected Appointments

  • Professor, Community Health & Epidemiology, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon 2018-current
  • Scientific Director, Canadian Institutes of Indigenous Peoples’ Health (CIHR-IIPH), University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon 2017-current
  • Faculty Appointment, Human Sciences Division, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Sudbury, Ontario 2016-current
  • Adjunct Appointments: Faculties of Education and Kinesiology & Health Studies, University of Regina, 2014-current

Dr. Carrie Bourassa spent over 15 years as a professor of Indigenous health studies in the Department of Indigenous Health, Education and Social Work at the First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) in Regina.

Through her role as Scientific Director of IIPH, she leads the advancement of a national health research agenda to improve and promote the health of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples in Canada.

Dr. Bourassa is a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada and a public member of the Royal College Council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

In 2012, Dr. Bourassa won the Wiichihiwayshinawn Foundation Inc. Métis Award in Health and Science. Dr. Bourassa is Métis and belongs to the Riel Métis Council of Regina Inc. (RMCR, Local #34). She earned her Master of Arts degree in political science and Ph.D. in social studies at the University of Regina.

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. Bourassa, C. (2018). Addressing the Duality of Access to Healthcare for Indigenous Communities: Racism and Geographical Barriers to Safe Care, Healthcare Papers, Rural and Remote Health Services, Vol. 17. No. 3, 6-10, Online: http://www.longwoods.com/content/25507
  2. Dieter, J., McKim, L., Tickell, J., Bourassa, C., Lavallee, J., Boehme, G. (2018). The Path of Creating Co-Researchers in the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council, The International Indigenous Policy Journal, Vol. 9, Issue 4 (In Press).
  3. Arsenault, R., Diver, S., McGregor, D., Witham, A. & Bourassa, C. (2018). Shifting the Framework of Canadian Water Governance through Indigenous Research Methods: Acknowledging the Past with an Eye on the Future, Water, 10(1), 49; doi: 10.3390/w10010049.
  4. Bourassa, C., Blind, M., Dietrich, D. & Oleson, E. (2015). Understanding the intergenerational effects of colonization: Aboriginal women with neurological conditions–their reality and resilience. International Journal of Indigenous Health, Vol. 10, Issue 2, Pages. 3-20. Online: http://journals.uvic.ca/index.php/ijih/issue/view/770
  5. Rotter, T, Kinsman, L., Stevenson, K., Bath, B., Goodridge, D., Harrison, L., Dobbsen, R., Sari, N. Jeffery, C., Bourassa, C., Ronellenfitsch, U, Westhorp, G. (2015): Kanadischer Kraftakt (Publication in German). fuehren und wirtschaften im Krankenhaus (f&w), Issue 6.
  6. Ramsden, V.R., McKay, S., Bighead, S., Boucher, G., Bourassa, C., Butt, P., Clinton, A., Crowe, J., Felix, F., Jorgenson, D., LaRocque, K., McKee, N., Nketia, I., Thunderchild, E., Troupe, C., & Turner, T. Conjointly with members of the communities. (2013) Participatory health research: Celebrating smoke-free homes. Canadian Family Physician, Vol. 59, 1014-1015.
  7. Gendron, F., Bourassa, C., Cyr, D.L., McKenna, B. & McKim, L. (2013). The Medicine Room: A Teaching Tool for Elders and Educational Opportunity for Youth, First Nations Perspectives, 5,1: 83-97.
  8. Bourassa, C. (2012). How I Construct a Positive Identity by Translating Tradition Into the Contemporary Context. Honouring Indigenous Women Volume 2. Ottawa: ON, Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity Movement Ottawa (IPSMO), 69. Available on-line: http://ipsmo.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/honouring-indigenous-women-vol-2-final.pdf
  9. Bourassa, C. (2012). My Resistance to Negative Definitions of Being. Honouring Indigenous Women Volume 2. Ottawa: ON, Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity Movement Ottawa (IPSMO), 53. Available on-line: http://ipsmo.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/honouring-indigenous-women-vol-2-final.pdf  
  10. Evans, M., Andersen, C., Dietrich, D., Bourassa, C., Logan, T., Berg, L.D., & Devolder, E. (2012). Funding and Ethics in Métis Community Based Research: The Complications of a Contemporary Context, International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies, Vol. 5, No. 1, 54-66.


  1. Bourassa, Carrie, McKenna, B., & Juschka, D. (Eds.) (2017). Listening to the Beat of Our Drum: Indigenous Parenting in Contemporary Society. Demeter Press, Bradford, Ontario, Canada.
  2. Bourassa, Carrie. (2011). Métis Health: The ‘Invisible Problem.’ J Charlton Publishing Ltd., Ontario, Kanata.
  3. Ramsden, VR., Patrick, K., Bourassa, C., Crowe, J., McKay, S., Sanderson, K. & the Métis Nation – Saskatchewan. (2011). Community Based Participatory Project: Engaging Individuals/Families in the Development of Programs to Enhance Health and Well-being – Métis Nation Saskatchewan – Final Report. Saskatoon, SK: Research Division, Department of Academic Family Medicine; Métis Nation – Saskatchewan and First Nation University. ISBN 978-0-88880-569-0. English - 1-51 pp. plus Appendices.

Chapters in Books

  1. Bourassa, C., Oleson, E. & McElhaney, J. (2018). Palliative Care of Indigenous Peoples and Peoples of Different Ethnicity: The Example of Canada, Roderick MacLeod and Lieve Van den Block (Eds.) In: Textbook of Palliative Care. Springer, doi:10.1007/978-3-319-31738-0_65-1
  2. Bourassa, C., Bendig, M., Oleson, E., Ozog, C., Billan, J., Owl, N. & Ross-Hopley, K. (2017). Campus Violence, Indigenous Women, and the Policy Void. Elizabeth Quinlan, Andrea Quinlan, Curtis Fogel, Gail Taylor (Eds.) In: Sexual Violence at Canadian Universities:  Activism, Institutional Responses, and Strategies for Change. Wilfred Laurier Press: Waterloo, Canada.
  3. Kubik, W. & Bourassa, C. (2016) Stolen Sisters: The Politics, Policies, and Travesty of Missing and Murdered Women in Canada. M. Lavell-Harvard & Brant, J. (Eds.) In: Forever Loved: Exposing the Hidden Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada. Demeter Press: Bradford, Canada.
  4. Miller, A. M., O’Reilly, K., Bourassa, C, Kaye, R. (2016) The Sweat Lodge and Ivory Tower: Indigenous community-based research at First Nations University of Canada. In: B. Hall (ed.) Building the Next Generation of Community-based Researchers. UNESCO. The book is freely available at:http://unescochair-cbrsr.org/pdf/resource/Knowledge%20&%20Engagement_26-09-16_pdf%20ver-mail.pdf
  5. Bourassa, C. (with contributions from Bendig, M., Ozog, C. & Oleson, E.) (2017). Health as a Feminist Issue, Feminist Issues: Race, Class, and Sexuality, 6th Edition, eds. Nancy Mandell and Jennifer Johnson, Toronto: Pearson Education Canada.
  6. Ramsden, VR, McKay, S, Bighead, S, Boucher, G, Bourassa, C, Butt, P, Clinton, A, Crowe, J, Felix, F, Jorgenson, D, LaRocque, K, McKee, N, Nketia, I, Rabbitskin, N, Thunderchild, E, Turner, T conjointly with members of the communities. Engaging with the Community to Enhance Primary Health Care. In, Promoting Change through Action Research (Rauch, F, Schuster, A, Stern, T, Pribila, M, Townsend, A, Eds.). Sense Publishers: Rotterdam, The Netherlands; (2014). pp. 207-234. English. Paperback ISBN 978-94-6209-801-5; Hardback, ISBN 978-94-6209-802-2.
  7. Kubik, W., Hampton, M., Juschka, D., Bourassa, C. & Jeffery, B. (2014). Talking to the Healing Journey Interviewers: Ethical Concerns and Dilemmas. In: B. Jeffery, I.M. Findlay, D. Martz & L. Clarke (Eds.). Journeys in community-based research. Regina, SK: SPHERU and University of Regina Press, pp. 15-28.
  8. Bourassa, C. (2013) First Nations University of Canada: Leading the Way, in Experiences and Visions for the Future of the Indigenous Universities. Bolivia: The Convenio Andrés Bello.
  9. McKenna, B., Hampton, M., Bourassa, C., McKay-McNabb, K., Baydala, A. (2008). Voices from the Moon Lodge, in Mothering Canada, Toronto: York University, 231-239.

Selected Research Grant Information

  1. Cultural Safety Evaluation, Training and Research Lab, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Leaders Opportunity Fund, Role: Principal Investigator, $512,946.00 (*CFI contribution amount $205,178.00).
  2. Sustainable Water Governance & Indigenous Law, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Grant, Role: Co-Applicant and Chair – Indigenous Research Methods Working Group with Dr. Karen Bakker, PI, $2,400,000.00.
  3. Canadian HIV Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Cohort Study Phase 2: Addressing priorities in women-centred HIV care across the life course, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Gender and Health, Role: Co-Principal Investigator with Drs. Mona Loutfy, Marissa Becker, Saara Greene, Sharon Bruce, Angela, Kaida, Alexndra de Pokomandy, $1,500,000.00.
  4. Addressing Social and Structural Drivers of HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections among Diverse Young Women in Canada: A Mixed Methods, Multi-Site Cohort Study Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Gender and Health, Role: Co-Principal Investigator with Drs. Carmen Logie & Mona Loutfy, $100,000.00.
  5. Indigenous Water Co-Governance: Emerging Models of Distributed Water Governance in British Columbia and Alberta Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network (WEPGN), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Role: Principal Investigator, $103,440.00.
  6. Digging Deep: Examining the Root Causes of HIV and AIDS Among Aboriginal Women, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Role: Nominated Principal Investigator, $450,000.00.
  7. Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging, CCNA Team 20 Project: Issues in dementia care for rural and Indigenous populations: Indigenous Projects. Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Role: Co-Principal Investigator with Drs. Kristen Jacklin (leads).Co-Investigators/Applicants Wayne Warry, Jennifer Walker, Janet McElhaney, Brock Pitawanakwat, Laura Warren, Lynden Crowshoe, $1,000,000.00 (5 years).
  8. Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR)-Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging: Howard Chertkow NPI; Principal Investigators: Carrie Bourassa, Kristen Jacklin + 40 others, $33,500,000.00 (5 years).
  9. Canadian HIV Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Cohort Study-Prioritizing the Health Needs of Positive Aboriginal Women (CHIWOS PAW), Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Co-PI: Drs. Mona Loutfy, Women’s College Hospital, Dr. Carrie Bourassa, Dr. Marissa Becker, U of M, Dr. Alexendra King, U of A., $450,000.00 (3 year grant).
  10. Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada Aging Gracefully Across Environments Using Technology to Support Wellness, Engagement and Long Life – Age-Well, Co-Scientific Directors Alex Mihailidis, U of Toronto; Andrew Sixsmith, Simon Fraser University, Role: Site Lead, Regina, $36,600,000.00 (5 year grant).