Informational Meeting: Developing a Critical Indigenous Health Studies Network (POSTPONED)

Are you interested in centering support for Indigenous peoples’ right to govern health research? The UCSC American Indian Resource Center and the Science & Justice Research Center invite you to attend an Informational Meeting on Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at 9:00am on Zoom!


Supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the leadership teams of the Indigenous Science, Technology, and Society Research and Training Program (Indigenous STS) at the University of Alberta (UofA) and the Science & Justice Research Center (SJRC) at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) are working to address increasing calls to support Indigenous peoples’ right to govern health research by developing the Critical Indigenous Health Studies Network (CIHSN)CIHSN supports the RWJF’s aligned goal to decolonize health systems. In line with leading Indigenous Studies scholars (and in the University of Alberta Indigenous Strategic Plan), CIHSN defines decolonization as the restoration of Indigenous land, life, and relations appropriated or disrupted by colonialism. While no single project can undo the massive upheavals of colonialism, our project uses decolonial thinking and practice to build and restore Indigenous expertise and leadership in, and governance of, health research.

How to Get Involved in CIHSN

The leadership teams at UofA Indigenous STS and UCSC SJRC are recruiting a graduate student who is interested in strengthening partnerships with the University of Alberta, Edmonton and UCSC, and developing a network for critical Indigenous health studies. Around the theme of problems of the extraction of power, not theorizing colonial violence, topics include but are not limited to: medical genomics, ecological health perspectives (fire, water, food), and Indigenous health systems (botanical knowledge, sport/culture).

The graduate student researcher will: 1) assist in developing and organizing a weeklong visit to the University of Alberta Edmonton, Canada including a Symposium; 2) help implement activities during the visit; 3) assist in developing a literature review on critical Indigenous health research, sovereignty, and governance; 4) and work with the team to produce a final end-of visit report on activities including plans of future in-person gatherings.

Team meetings are conducted remotely. Over the course of the three year grant, research teams will come together in-person at both UofA and UCSC. Students participating in Summer 2024 should be available to be in-person in Edmonton, Canada from August 19-23, 2024. Students participating in Fall 2024 and Winter 2025 should be available to be in-person in Santa Clara, California from February 24-28, 2025. Travel and lodging expenses will be covered.

To apply: review the Call for Graduate Student Researcher.

For more information: visit the project website at

For questions, contact


Jessica Kolopenuk (Cree, Peguis First Nation) is an Assistant Professor and Alberta Health Services Research Chair in Indigenous Health in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta.

Kim TallBear (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate) is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience, and Society in the Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta.

James Doucet-Battle is Associate Professor of Sociology at UC Santa Cruz and Co-Director of the Science & Justice Research Center.

Jenny Reardon is Professor of Sociology at UC Santa Cruz and Co-Director of the Science & Justice Research Center.

Dial-In Information

Zoom Registration (POSTPONED)

Tuesday, May 21 at 9:00am to 10:00am

Virtual Event