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Honouring Voices and Visions: Illuminating Incarcerated Indigenous Women and Gender-diverse peoples Sexual, Reproductive and Maternal-Child Health and Wellness

This research project, “Honouring Voices and Visions: Illuminating Incarcerated Indigenous Women and Gender-diverse peoples Sexual, Reproductive and Maternal-Child Health and Wellness” aims to understand and address the Over-incarceration of Indigenous women and gender-diverse people and current health and wellness realities. 

This collaborative research will be undertaken through interdisciplinary and multisectoral teams with Indigenous and allied researchers, Knowledge Keepers, healthcare providers, academic institutions (University of Calgary, McMaster University, Lakehead University, University of Manitoba, Simon Fraser University, University of Saskatchewan, Dalhousie University); and national advocacy organizations including Native Women’s Association of Canada and CAEFS. Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) will also be consulted for data collection purposes.  

The project’s key activities:  

  • Explore the context and connection of gender, wellness, and trauma in relation to sexual, reproductive, and maternal child health of incarcerated Indigenous participants; 
  • Generate evidence on sexual, reproductive, and maternal child health of incarcerated Indigenous women and gender diverse people through a scoping review, quantitative and decolonizing qualitative (arts-based) methods. 
  • Inform equity-informed innovation through knowledge translation activities such as sharing of arts-based expressions of incarcerated women and gender-diverse peoples health, as well as identifying policy priorities and options to address incarcerated Indigenous health disparities and inequities. 

Hiring for this project is upcoming. More details will be posted to our website