Canada’s Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) peoples are diverse, with rich cultural traditions, languages, histories, and methods of healing. Historic and ongoing processes of colonization have disrupted the health and mental wellness of Indigenous peoples. Research and evaluation efforts specifically designed to understand culture- and contextual- aspects of wellness present mechanisms for improvement.
Dr. Christopher Mushquash
Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Mental Health and Addiction (Tier 2)
Areas of Research:
- Indigenous mental health
- Substance use
Overview of Research
Dr. Mushquash’s research program pursues Indigenous mental health and addiction research from four interconnected directions with the following goals: identify culturally- and contextually-appropriate targets of intervention; develop methods for measuring community outcomes; develop and test intervention approaches which bring together culture-based knowledge with scientific methods; and, disseminate knowledge broadly in Indigenous and academic communities, and among clinicians, policy-, and decision-makers.