By: Nicole Blinn, Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University
The Johnson Scholarship Foundation recently provided me with a bursary that allowed me to present my research at the World Indigenous Cancer Conference (WICC) in Calgary, Alberta, from September 16th to September 19th, 2019. With the financial assistance provided by the JSF Conference Bursary, I was able to present my project proposal, “The experiences of indigenous and children and youth: A scoping review”. I received feedback and questions from other researchers, policy makers, practitioners, and community members, which helps inform my work as I move forward. Moreover, I got to hear about other people’s indigenous cancer research, which was an incredible opportunity for learning and networking. It allowed me to critically reflect on my work to improve it, as well provide feedback and questions to others. Attending this conference has helped me navigate the scope of indigenous cancer research occurring internationally, and will strengthen my own work as I progress. Notably, my co-presenter Leah Carrier and I were the only presenters focusing on indigenous children and youth, which highlights the importance of doing work for and with this population.
As an undergraduate student, it was really significant for me to have the chance to present at an international conference so early in my research career. I even got to see one of my greatest heroes and role models, Dr. Nadine Caron— the first indigenous woman to become a surgeon in Canada— speak about genomics and indigenous peoples, which was absolutely incredible and further inspires me to pursue my dream to become a physician-scientist. I am grateful for the support of the Global Health Office and from the Johnson Scholarship Foundation.