2023 Gairdner Award Laureate Shares Indigenous Mental Health Research with Parliamentarians in Virtual Discussion

OTTAWA, October 31, 2023 – The Parliamentary Health Research Caucus (PHRC) and Research Canada are proud to host Aligning First Nations’ Values in Indigenous Mental Health, Substance Use, Trauma and General Wellness: A Virtual Discussion with Dr. Christopher Mushquash.

This invitation-only virtual event will explore 2023 Canada Gairdner Momentum Award Laureate, Dr. Christopher Mushquash’s groundbreaking research in Indigenous mental health with a particular focus on health policy and practice, the interaction of culture-based knowledge and traditional science, and the systemic problems that cause mental health challenges in Indigenous, northern and rural communities.

Throughout this frank discussion and Q&A with Parliamentarians and special guests, Dr. Mushquash will share insights from his work as a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Mental Health and Addiction and how his award-winning Indigenous-led mental health and substance use research has led to culturally and contextually appropriate services for Indigenous children, adolescents, and adults.

Thank you to the all the generous Sponsors of this Parliamentary Health Research Caucus event, including Lakehead UniversityInnovative Medicines Canada, the University Health NetworkBD Canada and the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR).

Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2023
Social media: #HealthResearchCaucus

Christopher Mushquash, PhD, C. Psych
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre & Research Institute | Lakehead University

Parliamentary Health Research Caucus
Chair: Brendan Hanley, MP (Yukon)
Vice-Chairs: Stephen Ellis, MP (Cumberland—Colchester), Carol Hughes, MP (Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing)
Senate Representative: The Honourable Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia, Senator (Newfoundland and Labrador)

Research Canada
Tarik Möröy, PhD, FCAHS, Chair
Alison Evans, President and CEO

About Research Canada
Research Canada is a national alliance dedicated to increasing investments in health research through collaborative advocacy and engaging government, academia, industry and non-profit sectors to build support for long-term health research funding. For more information, visit rc-rc.ca.

Since 2009, Parliamentary Health Research Caucus events on Parliament Hill have helped to educate politicians on the social and economic benefits of Canadian health research and innovation, as well as introduce them to the multi-sector partnerships among academic, private sector and health charity stakeholders essential to a robust health research enterprise and innovation system.

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Christie Tomkins
Manager of Policy and Public Affairs