Indigenous Initiatives

HELP strives to engage in First Nations, Métis, and Inuit research, data collection, and reporting in a culturally-responsive and safe manner that acknowledges the history, language, and culture of children and their families. HELP recognizes the importance of conducting research that is guided by First Nations, Métis and Inuit ways of knowing.

To support this approach, HELP established an Aboriginal Steering Committee (ASC) in 2003. ASC members are leaders and experts, and Elders and community members from First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities across BC and Canada. The ASC works in partnership with HELP faculty, staff, and partners to understand the needs of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children, their families, and communities. 

The Aboriginal Steering Committee

By sharing their knowledge and experience, ASC members are able to support a deeper understanding of the social and cultural determinants of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children’s health and well-being. The ASC ensures that our research activities involving them are reflective of their diverse histories, cultures, languages, values, and ways of knowing.

HELP and the ASC engage regularly to:

Members of the Aboriginal Steering Committee

New Members

Darryl Gray 
Trudy Hill
Jackie Watts 
Lynai Quatell