School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

Queen's Contagion Cultures Lecture Series - Karen Lawford

Tuesday March 30, 2021  4:00 PM

Dying for Health Care

Karen Lawford, Assistant Professor, Department of Gender Studies 

In her presentation, Dr. Lawford will review the numerous governance systems that directly impact the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Peoples with a focus on Canada. She will provide an historical background on the formation of Canada to provide a timeline of white settler, christian, patriarchal genocidal interventions aimed at Indigenous Peoples. Dr. Lawford will end with COVID-19 pandemic responses in relation to Indigenous Peoples. 

Dr. Lawford is an Aboriginal midwife (Namegosibiing (Lac Seul First Nation, Treaty 3) and a Registered midwife (Ontario). Her research focuses on the provision of maternity care for those who live on reserve and understanding the barriers to equitable reproductive health services. Currently, she is a Co-Investigator on a Status of Women Canada research project, entitled Empowering women leaders in health: Health care, health sciences, & Indigenous health. Dr. Lawford is the lead on Indigenous health and purposefully draws attention to Indigenous women and Two Spirit leaders in health.

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