"The goal of the Indigenous Hub is to build a comprehensive national research and intervention network based on Indigenous intelligence, which is the wise and conscientious embodiment of exemplary knowledge and the use of culture-based knowledge," said Caroline Tait, a psychiatry professor in the College of Medicine and co-leader of the hub. "This is a beneficial and meaningful way to promote wellness, guide research strategies, and ultimately develop interventions to prevent and treat depression, and other forms of mental illness and distress."
The hub, which officially launches Wednesday, Oct. 21, is part of the Canadian Depression Research and Intervention Network (CDRIN), a cross-Canada network with the mission to create and share knowledge that leads to more effective prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment of depression and depression-linked illnesses.
Tait added that the name "First Peoples-First Person" is reflective of the value of the network to Indigenous peoples, historically situating them as the original peoples of Canada. First person reflects the privileging of Indigenous voices—culturally, historically and geographically.
More information about the hub can be found on their Facebook page: facebook.com/firstpeoplesfirstperson
For more information, contact:
First Peoples, First Person
College of Medicine
University of Saskatchewan
306-966-2805 (office); 306-717-5276 (cell)