Topic: Jacqueline Quinless on Decolonizing Data (University of Toronto Press, February 15, 2022)

Speakers: Dr. Jacqueline M. Quinless, Dr. Suzanne L. Stewart, Dr. Sarah Kaplan

Date & Time: September  22, 5-6PM EST

Location:This event is available to attend virtually via livestream only. Rotman events will send all registrants the link for the livestream before the event.


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Decolonizing Data is a Valuable Resource and Guide to Taking a Decolonized Critical Approach to Indigenous Research

Decolonizing Data explores how ongoing structures of colonialization negatively impact the well-being of Indigenous peoples and communities across Canada, resulting in persistent health inequalities. In addressing the social dimensions of health, particularly as they affect Indigenous peoples and BIPOC communities, Decolonizing Data asks, Should these groups be given priority for future health policy considerations?

Decolonizing Data provides a deeper understanding of the social dimensions of health as applied to Indigenous peoples, who have been historically underfunded in and excluded from health services, programs, and quality of care; this inequality has most recently been seen during the pandemic.

Drawing on both western and Indigenous methodologies, this unique scholarly contribution takes both a sociological perspective and the “two-eyed seeing” approach to research methods. By looking at the ways that everyday research practices contribute to the colonization of health outcomes for Indigenous peoples, Decolonizing Data exposes the social dimensions of healthcare and offers a careful and respectful reflection on how to “unsettle conversations” about applied social research initiatives for our most vulnerable groups.

About Our Speakers:

Dr. Jacqueline M. Quinless lives on the Traditional Territory of the Lekwungen speaking peoples on Vancouver Island with her family and is a blended person of mixed European and Indian ancestry. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Victoria, in British Columbia, Canada. She has worked extensively in Indigenous communities using gender-based analysis frameworks in the context of the socio-economic impacts of natural resource development on the health and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples. She is award winning Public Sociologist recognized by the Canadian Sociological Association (CSA) and the Angus Reid Foundation for her community-based research in the advancement of Indigenous welfare in Canada. She has been teaching at Camosun College since 2003.

Dr. Suzanne L. Stewart is a member of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation. She is a registered psychologist and Director of the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto (U of T), where she is an Associate Professor in the Division of Social and Behaviour Health Sciences. She holds the TC Energy Research Chair in Indigenous Health. At U of T, she was Advisor on Indigenous Research to Division of the Vice-President & Provost 2019-2022. In 2019 she completed the Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Homelessness and Life Transitions. Research and teaching interests include Indigenous health and healing in psychology (homelessness, youth mental health, identity, and work-life development), Indigenous determinants of health, Indigenous pedagogies in higher education and health sciences, and Indigenous research ethics and methodologies.

Dr. Sarah Kaplan is Director, Institute for Gender and the Economy, Distinguished Professor of Gender & the Economy and Professor of Strategic Management at Rotman. She is a co-author of the bestselling business book, Creative Destruction as well as Survive and Thrive: Winning Against Strategic Threats to Your Business. Her latest book, The 360° Corporation: From Stakeholder Trade-offs to Transformation was published in September 2019. Her research has covered how organizations participate in and respond to the emergence of new fields and technologies in biotechnology, fiber optics, financial services, nanotechnology and most recently, the field emerging at the nexus of gender and finance. Her current work focuses on applying an innovation lens to understanding the challenges for achieving gender equality.

Co-Hosted By: Sandra Rotman Centre for Health Sector Strategy

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