Webinar Description:
What impact does the narrative we tell through research have on the wellbeing of the very communities we serve? Join Doris Peltier and Tracey Prentice in an exploration of the their over a decade-long work with Indigenous women who are HIV positive in their collaborative Visioning Health research happening in eight communities across Canada. The webinar will explore the shift from deficit-based research to research focused on health, the importance of community partnerships and how the very the research models we use itself can be a tool for empowerment, relationship building, and healing.


Doris Peltier
Doris works with the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network as the National Coordinator for Visioning Health II, a 5-year Intervention research study for HIV-positive Indigenous women in Canada.  Doris also recently stepped into the role of Community Engagement Coordinator with the FEAST Centre for Indigenous STBBI Research (McMaster University). Other current and select involvements include: Community Advisory Council member with the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (University of Toronto); Women Living with HIV Advisory Group with World Health Organization (WHO); Aboriginal ‘at large’ Board of Director with the Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE) and she recently joined the board of Prisoners with HIV and AIDS Support Action Network (PASAN). Doris has been involved for a decade in Indigenous Community-based Research, is fluent in her Indigenous language which frames her worldview in her approach to Indigenous research. 



Tracey Prentice
Tracey has been working for and with Indigenous communities nationally and internationally on community-led, culturally-grounded, and policy-relevant research, ranging from HIV and STBBIs, mental health, cultural safety, and harm reduction for the past 15 years. Tracey has recently completed a CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship at the School of Public Health and Social Policy, University of Victoria, where she co-led Visioning Health II, an innovative strengths-based Indigenous health intervention project for HIV-positive Indigenous women. She has a PhD in Population Health from the University of Ottawa and an MA in Cultural Anthropology from Carleton University. Tracey is a Settler-Canadian, born and raised in Northern Ontario, but she is grateful to live, work, and play in the unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin territory we call Ottawa. Tracey is currently the Science Advisor for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Indigenous Peoples Health.