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Carrie Bourassa, PHD

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Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Laurentian University Campus
935 Ramsey Lake Road
Sudbury, On P3E 2C6

Professor, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Medical Sciences Division
Faculty member: Division of Human Sciences
Chair of Northern & Indigenous Health, Health Sciences North Research Institute
Scientific Director, Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health, CIHR



Doctorate of Philosophy
University of Regina,  Department of Sociology and Social Studies, Social Studies.
Supervisors: Dr. Bob Stirling, Dr. John Conway.


Masters of Arts
University of Regina, Department of Political Science, Political Science.
Supervisors: Dr. Barry Barlow.


Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
University of Regina, 1995, Department of Political Science, Political Science.
Thesis supervisor: Dr. Barry Barlow.

Research Investigations

My current interests include:

  • the impacts of colonization on the health of Indigenous people;
  • creating culturally safe care in health service delivery;
  • Indigenous community-based health research methodologies;
  • end of life care with Indigenous people;
  • dementia among Indigenous people;
  • HIV and AIDS among Indigenous women; and,
  • Indigenous ethics and Indigenous women’s health.

Dr. Bourassa may have positions available for undergraduate or graduate students, depending on funding.

Selected Publications

Bourassa, Carrie. (2011). Métis Health:  The ‘Invisible Problem.’ JCharlton Publishing Ltd., Ontario, Kanata.

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.

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 here.

Bourassa, C. (with contributions from Bendig, M., Ozog, C. & Oleson, E.) (2017). Health as a Feminist Issue, Feminist Issues: Race, Class, and Sexuality6th Edition, eds. Nancy Mandell and Jennifer Johnson, Toronto: Pearson Education Canada.

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.

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:

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.

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 here.

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 here.

Hampton, M., Baydala, A. Bourassa, C., McKenna, B., Saul, G., McKay-McNabb, K., Goodwill, K., Clark, V., and Christiansen, J. (2011). Happenings – Seven Years Completing the Circle: End-of-Life Care With Aboriginal Families, Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 43(3), 119-125.

McKenzie, H., Bourassa, C., Kubik, W., Strathy, K. and McKenna, B. (2010). Aboriginal Grandmothers Caring for Grandchildren: Located in a Policy Gap, Indigenous Policy Journal, XXI(3),  1-18.