Drs Janet Jull & Jennifer Walker
“Centering Indigenous Knowledges: Engaging with Indigenous Ways of Knowing, Being, and Doing in Knowledge Synthesis”
Dr. Janet Jull is a settler-scholar with a Ph.D. in Population Health from the University of Ottawa. Dr. Jull develops and evaluates shared decision making tools and approaches to support client-centred care with a particular focus on health care systems. Much of Janet's work is done in partnerships with urban Indigenous, Inuit, First Nations, and Métis communities.
Dr. Jull also investigates how research is conducted in partnerships, specifically when those who are engaged in the production of research, partner with those who contend with the real-world needs and constraints of health systems. Dr. Jull’s work is focused on ensuring that research contributes knowledge that can be translated into more equitable and strengthened health systems.
Dr. Jull co-leads the SPOR Evidence Alliance Indigenous Peoples Working Group (IPWG), whose mission is to ensure all knowledge synthesis and related activities promote Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination and are respectful and inclusive of Indigenous knowledges and ways of knowing, being, and doing.
Dr. Jennifer Walker is a Haudenosaunee member of Six Nations of the Grand River with a Ph.D. in Community Health Sciences (Epidemiology) from the University of Calgary. Dr. Walker’s work focuses largely on Indigenous community-engaged health research using large health services databases through her work as a Core Scientist and Indigenous Health Lead at ICES in Ontario and through the Health Data Research Network Canada.
Dr. Walker has an active community-engaged research program in aging and dementia. Conjointly, her program prioritizes the ongoing effort to enhance the health knowledge translation process to better ensure the development of relevant and appropriate health policy, programs, and services accessed by Indigenous Peoples. Dr. Walker co-leads the SPOR Evidence Alliance Indigenous Peoples Working Group (IPWG).
- To better understand Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination in the context of knowledge synthesis
- To apply knowledge synthesis strategies that are respectful and inclusive of Indigenous knowledges and ways of knowing, being, and doing.
- To ensure projects impacting Indigenous Peoples are designed in ways that promote ethical engagement of Indigenous Peoples
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