The Indian Solution to the Policy Problem: Developing an Indigenous Policymaking Model to Address First Nations Health and Education Disparities
When: Thursday October 23rd, 2014, at 1pm (Eastern) Language: English
Webinar With: Cassandra J. Opikokew Wajuntah, M.P.A. and PhD Candidate.
About this webinar: In this webinar, Cassandra will be discussing Indigenous health and education gaps in Canada, the role the policymaking system plays in perpetuating such gaps, as well as how we can utilize Indigenous knowledge to address these gaps and revise the policymaking system itself. The goal of the presentation is to get people to start thinking about how we make policy/decisions in our own workplaces or organizations that can be alienating or ineffective in terms of addressing Indigenous needs.
About the presenter: Cassandra J. Opikokew Wajuntah is from Canoe Lake Cree First Nation and was raised in Meadow Lake in northern Saskatchewan. She has a Certificate in Indian Communication Arts and a BA in Journalism (’09) from the U of Regina where she received the James M. Minifie Award for being the most distinguished graduate in her class. In 2012, she completed her Master’s of Public Administration where she focused on Aboriginal PSE and analyzed the Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP). She is now a 3rd year PhD candidate and was recently awarded a CIHR Award worth $108,000 to fund her doctoral research entitled The Indian Solution to the Policy Problem: Developing an Indigenous Policymaking Model to Address First Nations Health and Education Disparities. In addition to her studies, Cassandra has served as a board member with a number of organizations including YWCAs Canada and Regina, Planned Parenthood, Co-Chair of the FSIN Youth Council, Chairperson of the National Aboriginal Caucus (CFS), and founder/President of the U of R Indigenous Students’ Association. She is also the Associate Director of the Indigenous Peoples' Health Research Centre (IPHRC) in Regina, SK.