Interview with Dr. Dawn Martin-Hill

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Meghan Kerr
Anna Kurdina

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Dr. Dawn Martin-Hill holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology and is one of the original founders
of the Indigenous Studies Program at McMaster University. She is the inaugural Paul R.
McPherson Indigenous Studies Chair. Dr. Martin-Hill’s research is grounded in the principle that
solution-based research in the area of Indigenous health must occur alongside building capacity
for community collaborations. She has embodied this principle through her numerous
community commitments: serving as Chair of the Indigenous Elders and Youth Council to
promote the protection and preservation of Indigenous Knowledge systems, serving as an expert
witness on traditional medicines, and supporting reconciliation efforts to improve health services
delivery to First Nations through the “Harmonization of Traditional Medicine” in partnership
with Six Nations Health Services. While working with communities, Dr. Martin-Hill has led
numerous grants funded by both the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to conduct Indigenous knowledge research
focused on Indigenous youth, women, language, ceremonies, traditional medicine and well-
being.