Community Research Agreement Event

A Community Research Agreement has just been signed between UBC Faculty Researchers, Rachelle HoleMike EvansLawrence Berg and Joan Bottorff  and Pauline Terbasket, Executive Director of the Okanagan Nation Alliance, Governing Body for the territory holders the Okanagan People, Syilx, Okanagan Valley. We are holding a press release to recognize the significance of the Community Research Agreement (CRA) as the first between ONA and UBC. The CRA is a result of a long consultation and collaboration process, beginning in 2005, between Hole, Evans, Berg and Bottorff and the Wellness Committee, Okanagan Nation Alliance. As successful recipients of a CIHR planning grant 2007-2008 and CIHR operating grant 2009-2012, principal investigators, Hole (nominated principal investigator), Evans, Berg and Bottorff have, with support of the Wellness Committee, held the Cultural Safety Symposium at Westbank First Nation on Dec 7, 2007 (Key Note Indigenous speakers, Dr. Evan Adams Canada, Dr. Jenny Baker, Australia,Dianne Wepa, New Zealand). With the signing of the community research agreement, the international team of researchers officially launches Phase 1 of a three year funded CIHR project, entitled Establishing Cultural Safety and Effecting Organizational Change for Aboriginal Healthcare in the Urban Centres of the Okanagan Valley.


Date: Thurs March 10 2011
Time: 10am to noon
Location: UNC 212 – Aboriginal Centre


Opening Prayer

  • Elders Eric Mitchell and Chris Marchand, Okanagan Nation


  • Vanessa Mitchell, Okanagan Nation Member; Health Lead, Wellness Committee, Okanagan Nation Alliance; Chair, ONA Wellness Committee Sub-committee for community research agreement
  • Carmella Alexis, Okanagan Nation Member & Graduate Research Assistant for Cultural Safety Project
  • Lawrence Berg, Associate Professor, Community, Culture and Global Studies, UBC Okanagan; Co-Director, The Centre for Social, Spatial & Economic Justice
  • Colleen McEwan, Director, Health Services, Vernon Jubilee Hospital, Interior Health

Closing Prayer

  • Elder Jessie Nyberg, Secwepemc Nation,  Elder Advisor and Community Research Liaison, Cultural Safety Project

Special thank you to: 

Michelle Smith, Cultural Safety Project Coordinator, UBC Okanagan

Kekuli Cafe, Aboriginal Food and Catering, Westbank, British Columbia Canada.