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Understanding immigrant women’s experiences and responses to intimate partner violence: looking beyond the ‘cultural’ framing

Vathsala Illesinghe photoDate & Time: October 30, 2018 | 1:00-2:15 PM EST

Presented by: Vathsala Illesinghe, MD, PhD Policy Studies student, Yeates School of Graduate Studies, Ryerson University

Presentation: When immigrant women in Canada experience violence in their intimate relationships, they must also bear a cultural burden because it is framed as a form of violence experienced differently by racialized communities. A framing that hides the systemic inequalities and gender power imbalances re-created and reinforced by immigration policies. As a result, rendering invisible the ways in which government policies systematically place some population groups at risk, increase women’s vulnerability to abuse, and fail to provide services and supports to them. Understanding immigrant women’s experiences and responses to intimate partner violence post-migration must be embedded in the structures that constrain their role and participation in migration pathways and processes. This Webinar aims to make that link.

Bio: Vathsala Illesinghe, MD, is a PhD Policy Studies student at the Yeates School of Graduate Studies, Ryerson University, Toronto. She is a 2017 Pierre Elliott Trudeau and Joseph-Armand Bombardier Scholar and serves on the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability (CFOJA) expert panel. As an experienced violence against women researcher in Sri Lanka and a new immigrant woman in Canada, Vathsala brings a deep understanding of South Asian women’s vulnerability to violence in their home countries, the complexities surrounding their migration experiences, and the gaps in services and responses to addressing violence experienced by immigrant and refugee women in Canada. Her current research is aimed at seeking a better understanding of the complex intersections of gender, violence, and immigration policy in Canada.

Twitter: @vathsalai

Indigenous Cultural Responsiveness Theory (ICRT): a New Tool for Improving Health Outcomes for FNMI (First Nations, Metis and Inuit) peoples

Dr. JoLee Sasakamoose headshotDate & Time: November 27, 2018 | 1:00-2:15 PM EST

Presented by: Dr. JoLee Sasakamoose, Associate Professor, Educational Psychology & Counselling, University of Regina

Presentation: In this webinar, Dr. Sasakamoose will present the Indigenous Cultural Responsiveness Theory (ICRT) as a decolonized pathway designed to guide research that continuously improves the health, education, governance, and policies of Indigenous Peoples. Decolonizing practices include privileging and engaging in Indigenous philosophies, beliefs, practices, and values that counter colonialism and restore well-being.

Dr. Sasakamoose will discuss how the Cultural Responsiveness Framework was developed, why it is needed to help restore Indigenous wellness in Western society, and its implementation in various projects.

Bio: Dr. JoLee Sasakamoose is an Anishinabe (Ojibwe) from the Three Fires Confederacy in Michigan and Ontario with membership in M’Chigeeng First Nation and is an active citizen of Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation in Saskatchewan.  Dr. Sasakamoose is the recently appointed Research Director of the Indigenous Wellness Research Community Network in Saskatchewan. 

She is an Associate Professor in Educational Psychology and Counselling at the University of Regina.  JoLee serves is a methodologist with the Saskatchewan Centre for Patient Oriented Research (SCPOR).  In partnership with the First Nations communities of Saskatchewan, JoLee authored the Indigenous Cultural Responsiveness Theory (ICRT), a theoretical framework to guide research that improves the health of Indigenous peoples in Saskatchewan.  JoLee has received funding from the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, the Community Initiatives Fund, the Saskatchewan Instructional Development and Research Unit, the Canadian Institute of Health Research, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Heritage Foundation.  She teaches Group Counselling, Counselling Girls and Women, Counselling Children and Youth, Indigenous Family Therapies, and Decolonizing Research Methodologies.

Relevant Resource: Saskamoose, J., Bellegarde, T., Sutherland, W., Pete, S., & Mckay-Mcnabb, K. (2017). Miýo-pimātisiwin Developing Indigenous Cultural Responsiveness Theory (ICRT): Improving Indigenous Health and Well-Being. International Indigenous Policy Journal, 8(4). doi:10.18584/iipj.2017.8.4.1


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