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Jennifer Leason

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers/Kwe


Chair: CIHR Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Maternal Child Wellness

Faculty of Arts , Department of Anthropology and Archaeology

Child Health & Wellness Researcher

Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute

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Community Research Space: Earth Science925
Office: Earth Science`752

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Educational Background

B.A. University of Saskatchewan, 2000

Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies, University of British Columbia, 2017


Participation in university strategic initiatives


Course number Course title Semester
ANTH 410 LEC 01 01 Cntmpr'y INDG Affairs Canada 2021


CIHR: Exploring Economic Costs of Obstetric Evacuation and Social-cultural Benefits of Indigenous Midwifery

CIHR: Honouring Voice and Vision- Exploring Incarcerated Indigenous Women's Maternity Experiences


  • Reverend Dr. Chief John Snow Award, University of Calgary . 2019
  • First Nation Health Authority Blanket Ceremony, First Nation Health Authority Interior Region. 2018
  • PEAK Scholar, The University of Calgary. 2018
  • Ph.D. Award INDSPIRE, INDSPIRE. 2016
  • Consortium of Universities for Global Health: WINNER of the graduate student reflective essay competition., Consortium of Universities for Global Health. 2015
  • Ph.D. Award INDSPIRE, INDSPIRE. 2016
  • Ph.D. Award INDSPIRE, INDSPIRE. 2015
  • Ph.D. Award INDSPIRE, INDSPIRE. 2013


  • The Alberta Indigenous Mentorship in Health Innovation (AIM-HI) Network: Approach, Activities and Reflections of an Indigenous Mentorship Network Program. . 1. R. Barnabe, C., Henderson, R., Baker, J., Leason, J., Currie, C., Fellner, K., Henry, R., Voyageur, C., Crowshoe, L., . Advances in Health Sciences Education.. (2022)
  • Exploring the contextual risk factors and characteristics of individuals who died from the acute toxic effects of opioids and illegal substances: Listening to the coroner and medical examiner voice. . Thompson, T., Enns, A., Rotondo, J., Leason, J., Hannah, H., Halverson, J., Huyer, D., Kuo, M., Lapointe, L. May-Hadford, J., Orpana, H. . (2021)
  • The Forced and Coerced Sterilization of Indigenous Women: Strengths to Build Upon. . Canadian Family Physician Journal: Art of Family Medicine. 2021; 68(4). 302-303. (2021)
  • Indigenous Women's Stress and Postpartum Depression: Discussions from the Canadian Maternity Experiences Survey and Indigenous Maternity Narratives. International Journal of Indigenous Health. . International Journal of Indigenous Health. 2021; 16(2). 225-243. (2021)
  • Exploring the complex context of Indigenous maternal-child health through maternity experiences: the role of social determinants of health. . Social Determinants of Health Journal. 2018; 4(2). 54-67. (2021)
  • eHealth Interventions for Treatment and Prevention of Depression, Anxiety and Insomnia during Pregnancy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. . 2. R. Silang, K., Sohal, P., Bright, K., Leason, J., Roos, L., Lebel, C., Giesbrecht, G., Tomfohr-Madsen, L. . (2022)
  • Matriarchal Wisdom: Indigenous Women's and Perinatal Health. Dr. Jennifer Leason. Introduction to Determinants of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples' Health in Canada, Canadian Scholars Press. 51-67. (2022)
  • Sacred Bundles Unborn. 14. Mercredi, M., Leason, J., Turpel-Lafond, M.E., Boyer, Y., Lombard, A.R., Lawford, K., Affleck, E., Pambrun, N., Bourgeois, C., Stote, K., Cheechoo, K., Gedded, G., Johnson-Smith, G., Fairbairn., Saccsara Quispe, V., & Lafontaine, A . Friesen Press. (2022)
  • “Meenunyakaa”: Blue Berry Patch. Leason, J. & Chartrand, N. . Theytus Publishing. 1-32. (2019)

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