USask professor, Métis partners collaborate on Métis dance, cardiovascular health project

October 23, 2020

The University of Saskatchewan has collaborated with Métis partners on a $1.1M project that examines how participation in traditional Métis dances can impact cardiovascular health while also contributing mental, cultural, and social benefits. The research aims to narrow the health gap between Métis and non-Indigenous people. Over five years, the research team will assess groups of recreational dancers who take part in three-month courses. They will focus on a variety of health-related aspects, including cardiovascular and mental wellness benefits, and effectiveness in improving cardiovascular disease risk factors. “This intervention tailored to Métis culture and ways of knowing will honour the emergence of Métis worldview, language and culture, and support a practice of reconciliation in research,” said project leader and kinesiology assistant professor Heather Foulds. Nation Talk (SK)