Indigenous SCI Research

By improving our understanding of how spinal cord injury impacts Indigenous Canadians, we can work together to ensure better outcomes and quality of life.

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Understanding SCI Research through an Indigenous Lens

Indigenous Canadians experience greater challenges living with spinal cord injury than the rest of the population. Praxis works with Indigenous and SCI research communities to better understand these challenges and collaborate to find solutions.

The experience of spinal cord injury can be different and more challenging for Indigenous Canadians. Social marginalization and financial pressures exacerbate the difficulties of living with SCI. To improve our understanding of how neurotrauma and spinal cord injury in particular, affect Indigenous people in Canada, Praxis contributed to the establishment of two post-doctoral positions and a professorship at the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.

Praxis also supports the Canadian SCI research network in answering research questions relevant to Indigenous populations using data from Praxis’ SCI registry (RHSCIR).

To view recent publications and webinars on SCI research with an Indigenous focus, click on the links below.

Recent Publications

Traumatic Spinal Cord Injuries Among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Populations of Saskatchewan: A Prospective Outcomes Study

A comparison of injury and demographic characteristics, treatment and flow through the hospital system, and outcomes of self-identified Aboriginal (Indigenous) people with non-Aboriginal people in Saskatchewan, who had experienced a new traumatic spinal cord injury.

Methodology Matters: Designing a Pilot Study Guided by Indigenous Epistemologies

A study of Indigenous epistemologies and how it can be used to develop a deeper understanding of traumatic spinal cord injury among Indigenous populations in Canada.

tSCI and Indigenous Populations: Using an Indigenous Lens

A webinar presenting findings on a mixed-methods pilot study on Indigenous individuals who sustain a traumatic SCI.