A University of Northern BC professor will be conducting research into First Nations employment within the healthcare system.
Dr. Sarah de Leeuw says a $150,000 federal grant will allow her and her team to find out how to make the healthcare profession more welcoming for First Nations employees.
She says after much preliminary work, the on-the-ground research has finally started.
Dr. de Leeuw says ultimately the hope is by having more Aboriginal voices in the healthcare profession, there will be less discrimination and a better understanding of the healthcare needs of Aboriginal peoples.
She says the project will use an arts-based approach to data gathering that goes beyond traditional academic methods.
Dr. de Leeuw hopes they’ll be able to get more funding afterward to continue their research after the initial grant period is over.
Anyone who wants to participate in the research project can contact Dr. de Leeuw at UNBC.