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Nominated Principal Applicant: Dr. Rod McCormick (Kanienkehaka-Mohawk)
Dr. Rod McCormick is a Full Professor and BC Government endowed Research Chair in Indigenous Health at Thompson Rivers University. Before moving back to his partner’s home community of T’Kemlups te Secwepemc, Rod was a psychologist and counselling psychology professor at the University of British Columbia for 18 years. Dr. McCormick’s research focuses on community capacity building in mental health and research as well as the reclamation of traditional forms of healing. Dr. McCormick was the lead for the BC Aboriginal Capacity and Developmental Research Environments, the BC Network Environments for Aboriginal Health Research, and is currently the lead on the National/International Indigenous mentorship network Ombaashi as well as the All My Relations Centre at TRU.
Sandra Bandura is a member of Qayqayt First Nation (New Westminster), student and mother to two lovely daughters.