The Can-SOLVE CKD Indigenous Peoples’ Engagement and Research Council (IPERC) is very pleased to introduce a new logo for the Wabishki Bizhiko Skaanj Learning Pathway. Created by graphic designer Jessalyn King in collaboration with members of IPERC, the logo depicts the story of how the learning pathway’s name was revealed to Anishinaabe Elder Dan Thomas.

The name Wabishki Bizhiko Skaanj means “White Horse” in Anishinaabemowin and was given to the learning pathway by Elder Dan at a pipe ceremony in March 2018. During the pipe ceremony, Elder Dan experienced a dream in which a very large woman dressed in a purple satin dress with a yellow scarf asked him to tie a pink cloth around her neck and brush her hair.

As Dan began combing her hair, stars fell out and he noticed that the large woman was in fact a white horse whose coat looked like frost on the window. Dan noticed that the horse was using its hoof to pull the deeply rooted grass from the ground. He said those roots are racism and the challenge of our work will be to pull out those roots.

Helen Robinson-Settee, co-chair of the Indigenous Peoples’ Engagement and Research Council, shared the name with network members at the Can-SOLVE CKD Annual Meeting on May 5. Check out the video below to learn more about the story behind Wabishki Bizhiko Skaanj and the name’s significance to the learning pathway.

Wabishki Bizhiko Skaanj is a new training platform that will help researchers and patient partners build respectful partnerships with Indigenous peoples. The learning pathway aims to enhance researchers’ knowledge and awareness of racial biases, Indigenous voices and stories, the impact of colonization on Indigenous health, and culturally safe health research practices. Existing resources such as San’yasTri-Council Policy Statement Chapter 9, OCAP Principles, and the KAIROS Blanket Exercise will form foundational elements of the pathway and will be complemented by additional content that is currently under development. The Can-SOLVE CKD Indigenous Peoples’ Engagement and Research Council (IPERC) has commissioned a working group to develop the pathway’s content and oversee its roll-out.

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