BC NEIHR Podcast

The BC NEIHR is excited to Share our Podcast, Research DE-Colonized: Ethical, Indigenous-Led Health and Wellness Research in Canada! 

Join BC NEIHR Indigenous Health Research Facilitator, Laura McNab-Coombs, as she connects with inspiring Indigenous health and wellness scholars, healthcare professionals, and communities sharing their stories of how they’re decolonizing health and wellness research, changing healthcare and academe along the way. Topics of conversation will cover pathways into health and wellness research, techniques and research design, funding research, past and present health and wellness projects, and ethical research protocols when involving Indigenous communities, collectives and organizations. Episodes will be released on the last Friday of every month. Find us at: https://researchdecolonized.buzzsprout.com. This podcast is also hosted on SpotifyPodchaserPlayer FM, and Podcast Addict.


S1E1: Our first episode features Laura as she introduces listeners to the Who, What, and Why of the BC NEIHR, our programming and funding opportunities, and what to expect in future episodes.

S1E2: Laura sits down with Métis scholar Dr. Rheanna Robinson in the first official episode of our Inspiring Indigenous Scholars mini-series. In this episode, Dr. Robinson discusses her experiences in academe as an Indigenous woman living with a disability, her research training and background, and where she’s going with her new-found interest in Indigenous disability justice and equity in healthcare.


S1E3: In this episode, Laura sits down with fellow Indigenous Health Research Facilitator, Jimena Chalchi, for a spicy conversation on traditional medicine, women’s medicine, and alternative gynaecology specific to Central & South America. Jimena also discusses her personal journey in health leadership and actions for policy change.



S1E4: In this episode, Laura sits down with the amazing Harley Eagle to talk all things cultural safety. This episode is highly recommended as a resource for those offering cultural humility/safety training and for those hoping to start their own journey on how to create and contribute to safer spaces for Indigenous peoples.


S1E5: In this episode, Laura sits down with Marion Erickson as they chat about her experiences conducting participatory action research to revitalize traditional Dakelh perinatal practices. Marion is the Research Manager at the Health Arts Research Centre at UNBC and a Masters of Education Candidate at Thompson Rivers University.


S1E6: In this long (but thrilling!) episode, Laura sits down for a heartfelt, honest conversation with Tsimshian scholar Spencer Greening/La’goot to discuss his journey through academe.




For more information on the Podcast or material presented on the podcast, please contact lauramcnabcoombs@uvic.ca.

The BC NEIHR podcast Research DEcolonized logo was designed by our talented Vancouver Island Indigenous Health Research Facilitator, Jimena, based on the visions of Laura. We chose a style that simulated the beautiful flower beadwork-style shared by both Métis and many First Nations peoples across turtle island. The plant medicines chosen to be depicted in Jimena’s art each bear significance to various Indigenous peoples across BC, including wild rose, blue flax with blueberries, and fireweed.

The Story behind the BC NEIHR Logo: The three Salmon in the logo represent our three key partners: First Nations Health Authority; Métis Nation British Columbia and British Columbia Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres. These community-led organizations are leading health and wellness research initiatives across BC. This logo also represents the land and water-based practices of First Nations, Métis and Inuit. While traditions are connected to our diverse cultures, we acknowledge and celebrate our common and enduring relationships to the land and waters. Salmon represent a source of strength and wisdom; despite strong currents, they always return to the place of creation. Coming full circle, Salmon finish what they begin, bringing cycles to closure. BC NEIHR Logo created by Indigenous artist Margaret August.