We are very pleased to welcome Craig Settee to the Can-SOLVE CKD Operations Team in the role of Indigenous Peoples’ Engagement and Research Council (IPERC) Coordinator!

In this position, Craig will support the work of IPERC and ensure Indigenous ways of knowing are incorporated into the network’s activities. He will also develop partnerships and facilitated communications between IPERC and project leads, funding partners, policy-makers, and Indigenous organizations.

Craig brings a diverse background of skills and experience to Council, a recently completed Bachelor’s degree in Urban Inner-city studies and Conflict Resolution studies, and a strong grounding in ceremony. As a member of IPERC over the past year, he has been actively involved in the council’s activities, including the development of the Wabishki Bizhiko Skaanj Learning Pathway.

Please read on below to learn more about Craig’s background in his own words.

Tansi, Aniin, Boozhoo, Greetings,

Sakastew Napew shi go Craig Settee nindizhinikaazag. Maakwa nidoodem. Ochekwi Sipi shi go Saskachewanoong shi go Winnipeg nidoojii. Niin Ni Anishinaabe shi go Nehinaw.

Sunrays shining through the clouds man and Craig Settee are my names. My kinship/clan is Bear. My family comes from the communities of Fisher Cree Nation, Dauphin River First Nation and Winnipeg, which are all in Manitoba, Canada. I am Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) on my mother’s side and Nehinaw (Cree) on my father’s side.

I am pleased to accept the role of IPERC Coordinator and continue to build upon the important work that Can-SOLVE CKD, patient-partners, researchers and the numerous stakeholders are doing. I look forward to being part of this network to further provide and produce positive kidney health and well-being outcomes through patient-oriented research and education.

My introduction to the Can-SOLVE CKD network began just over a year ago when I joined the IPERC and the Patient Council as a patient-partner. I am a living kidney donor to my brother, Kevin, and it will be 6 years in October 2018 that we had successful transplant surgeries. It is difficult to witness a family member experience chronic kidney disease (CKD) and I can only imagine living with CKD. I see and feel my role is to support the voices of patient-partners in these processes of kidney health research and well-being.

I felt it necessary to introduce myself in one of my mother tongues (Anishinaabemowin) because language ties my identity to my well-being and understanding my relationships in and with all facets of life. Indigenous ceremonies also help to ground me as an Anishinaabe and Cree man. Moving forward, I believe that research with Indigenous people as patients, researchers, doctors and stakeholders have diverse and unique ways of seeing, doing, knowing and being that benefits health research. I look forward to being of service to IPERC and supporting patient voices in the projects with Can-SOLVE CKD and numerous partners.

Miigwetch, Ekosi, Thank you.

Craig Settee

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