Carrie Bourassa was born and raised in Regina. Carrie pursued both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Regina. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Political Science in 1995, graduated with her Master of Arts degree in 1999, and earned her Ph.D. in Social Studies in 2008. Her book, based on her dissertation was released in the fall of & 2012 entitled Métis Health: The Invisible Problem. Her second book Listening to the Beat of Our Drum: Stories of Parenting in a Contemporary Society, a Co-Edited book by herself, her Kookum (grandmother) Elder Betty McKenna and Dr. Darlene Juschka will be published by Demeter Press in March 2017.
Carrie is the new Chair of Northern & Indigenous Health at Health Sciences North Research Institute in Sudbury and, beginning after having served as a Professor in the Department of Indigenous Health, Education and Social Work at the First Nations University of Canada for the past fifteen years teaching Indigenous Health Studies. Most recently, Carrie was appointed as the first female Scientific Director of the Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Moreover, this is the first time the institute will be based outside of a major southern urban centre and serve Northern and remote communities. Carrie’s research 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, Indigenous ethics and Indigenous women’s health. In November 2014 Carrie was deeply humbled to be inaugurated into the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada. Carrie is also a public member of the Royal College Council, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and is a member of the Community Advisory Council (CAC) of the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health at the University of Toronto. Carrie is proud to be the successful Nominated Principal Investigator on two Canada Foundation for Innovation grants that funded the Indigenous Community-based Health Research Labs and the Cultural Safety, Evaluation and Training Lab at FNUniv. She is also the past Nominated Principal Investigator of the Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre (2010-14). In 2004, Carrie was honoured when she was chosen as one of Saskatchewan’s ten Aboriginal Role Models by the Aboriginal Employment Development Program’s Provincial Aboriginal Representative Workforce Council (PARWC). Carrie was also a recipient of the Campion College Alumni of Distinction Award for Professional Achievement and was inducted into the Alpha Sigma Nu Honour Society of Jesuit Institutions of Higher Education in November 2010. In 2012 Carrie won the Wiichihiwayshinawn Foundation Inc. Metis Award in Health and Science.
Carrie is Métis and belongs to the Riel Métis Council of Regina Inc. (RMCR, Local #34). She resides in Regina and very soon Sudbury with her husband, Chad and her daughters, Victoria, 18 and Lillie, 7.