COMPLETING THE CIRCLE

END OF LIFE CARE WITH, BY AND FOR ABORIGINAL FAMILIES

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TEAM MEMBERS, PAST AND PRESENT:

Elder Betty McKenna
Elder Ken Goodwill
Angelina Baydala
Roxanne Boekelder
Carrie Bourassa
Christine Bilinski
Louise Cadrin
Jeff Christiansen
Velda Clark
Christina Drost
Kim Fellner
John Hampton
Mary Hampton
Audra-Jo Issaac
Mary Lou Kelley
Michael MacLean
Kim McKay-McNabb
Mike McKenna
Eric Oleson
Holly Prince
Gerald Saul
Karen Schmidt
Marlene Smadu
Trudy Stewart
Brad Sunshine
Debra Wiszneak



COMPLETING THE CIRCLE TEAM

The Completing the Circle project looks at culturally sensitive approaches to end of life care, providing resources for working with aboriginal individuals, families and communities. Our research team consists of Elders from several First Nations of southern Saskatchewan; Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal graduate and undergraduate students; faculty from the First Nations University of Canada, Luther College, and the University of Regina; as well as Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal health care providers. Our work focuses on promoting the inclusion of self-defined end-of-life health care for Aboriginal families within hospital settings as well as within community agencies in Regina. Together we have been able to create space for Aboriginal Elders and community members to speak about culturally appropriate end-of-life care for Aboriginal families.

Our research team is committed to participatory action research. We strive for cooperative exchange of academic and cultural knowledge to set the agenda for research and inquiry. Community meetings, the sharing of food, travelling to participants’ communities, observing cultural protocols, and providing honoraria develops relationships in which people can reflect on their communities and their experience and openly share ideas.