Statement on Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health Scientific Director Dr. Carrie Bourassa
Message from the President

November 1, 2021

Today I spoke with Dr. Carrie Bourassa, Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health (CIHR-IIPH), and we agreed that she will step away from all of her duties as Scientific Director of the Institute. As such, Dr. Bourassa will be on an indefinite leave without pay effective immediately.

I acknowledge the pain experienced by Indigenous Peoples as a result of this matter, and would like to underscore CIHR’s absolute commitment to reconciliation and continuing to accelerate the self-determination of Indigenous Peoples in health research. Maintaining the trust and confidence of Indigenous communities is essential to the work of CIHR. I will communicate a plan for the ongoing leadership of the Institute in the coming days.

Michael J. Strong, MD, FRCP, FCAHS, FAAN
President, CIHR

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