Nancy MacDonald (Draft Profile)
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Nancy MacDonald, BSW, MSW, PhD candidate (Dalhousie)
Phone: 902-494 1189
Nancy MacDonald (MSW, RSW, PhD Candidate) is a member of the Indianbrook First Nation and a scholar with a faculty appointment as Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work, Dalhousie University. In 2000, she was invited to become a member of the Mi'kmaq Health Research Group and continues to serve as an active member. In 2003, Nancy was a founding member of the Aboriginal Women's Health and Healing Research Group (AWHHRG) that was a national group of Inuit, Metis, and First Nations women researchers in Canada. The AWHHRG was positioned to carry out research projects and develop partnerships with research institutions, policy makers, and funding agencies. AWHHRG worked to become a Center of Excellence for Inuit, Metis, and First Nations women's health and healing, however, funding was severed for this organization in 2006.In 2007, Nancy was invited to become a Board member for the Atlantic Aboriginal Health Research Program, located at Dalhousie University. This program is funded by the Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health and it has the responsibility to build capacity in Aboriginal health research. She continues her role as Board member and more recently has accepted an invitation to become a First Nation research consultant in the national study known as the Children's Incidence Study, First Nations child welfare division. Nancy is a PhD Candidate in the Interdisciplinary Health Professions degree program at Dalhousie University and has focused on traditional child care practices in the Mi'kmaq communities in Nova Scotia, specifically on custom adoptions. This passion to learn about traditional child rearing practices, she says, developed when she was a child care worker at Mi'kmaw Family and Children's Services between the years of 1985-2000.