Sept 17, 2019 – Gitxsan Health Society Dementia Research: Enriching Care for Gitxsan First Nations Elders with Dementia through Culturally Relevant, Place-based Learning for their Families, Communities and Nurses


Acknowledgement for the Feather art: We would like to acknowledge Ross Zietz (Chicago Illinois) for his permission to use his artwork Birds of a Feather, an image which spoke to the Principal Investigator / project team in regards to the core subject matter of this project.

Direct care nurses identified that increasing an understanding about dementia was needed by both health authority and band employed nurses to better support the individuals with the disease and the community caring for the people with the disease. Join us to hear about their journey and how they worked with multiple partners to embed Indigenous strategies into the research.

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Date: Thursday, Sept 12th, 2019 (PST)
Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 am
Where: Videoconference OR internet webinar.
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Special thank you to David, Debbie and Mavis for sharing with us the importance of Gitxsan Dementia Research!

About the Presenters:


Mavis Sebastian is a Registered Nurse with over 30 years of work experience, working in the Gitxsan Nation. She has clinical work experience working both hospital and home and community care in First Nations Communities.

Mavis has a management background as a Nurse Manager, overseeing full scope of nursing services for the Gitxsan Health Society.

Mavis is presently involved with the Dementia Research project. She was also involved in the LQT Research project and the Canadian Alliance for Healthy Hearts and Minds (the alliance study: Northern BC First Nations Cohort),

Debbie Sullivan is a Registered Nurse with over 35 years experience working primarily in First Nations Communities of northern Alberta and the Northwest coast of BC.  While not of First Nations descent, Debbie has had the opportunity of living and working closely with the Cree, Tsimshian and Gitxsan peoples and has formed close friendships and bonds. The experience has encouraged her to think deeply about the issues affecting First Nations health and wellbeing and she has found that she is often trying to bridge the understanding between First Nations worldview and the Western medical view.


David McAtackney is a Research Analyst with the First Nations Health Authority. David is an information specialist and researcher based in Vancouver on the traditional and unceded lands of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish peoples, but is originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He graduated from a Masters of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) at the University of British Columbia in 2016. He has worked as project lead, project manager and research assistant in several multi-partner projects. His focus has been primarily in community outreach and Indigenous information practice and management, and he has experience in both the qualitative and quantitative research environments. He provides research advice to many FNHA teams, and has particularly strong affiliations with the Nursing and Environmental Health teams.




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