Acting Chief Executive Officer
Simon Brascoupé, (Anishinabeg/ Haudenausanee – Bear Clan) Acting Chief Executive Officer, National Aboriginal Health Organization is a member of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation, Maniwaki, Quebec. Simon Brascoupé is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Indigenous Studies at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario and an Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University. He has a B.A. and M.A. from State University of New York at Buffalo, where he is also completing his Ph.D. He has a strong interest in traditional medicine and traditional knowledge. He conducts research and writes on cultural competency and safety. He published an article Cultural Safety – Exploring the Applicability of the Concept of Cultural Safety to Aboriginal Health and Community Wellness in the Journal of Aboriginal Health. Oxford University Press released Visions of the Heart, Canadian Aboriginal Issues, in April 2011 that has a chapter by Simon on ‘Rekindling the Fire: Indigenous Knowledge and New Technologies.’
Simon Brascoupé teaches Aboriginal health and healing at Carleton University and University of Manitoba. Previously Simon Brascoupé was Acting Director, Primary Health Care Division, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Health Canada and Director, Aboriginal Affairs Branch, Environment Canada. He has written and worked in the field of traditional knowledge and intellectual Property Rights and is on Trent University’s Ph.D. Indigenous Knowledge Council. He has been involved internationally on Indigenous environmental issues, particularly the protection of Indigenous knowledge.
The CEO of NAHO is responsible for focusing on the advancement and promotion of the health and wellbeing of all First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, families, and communities. This is supported by three research centres dedicated to addressing health priorities for First Nations, Inuit and Métis in Canada: First Nations Centre, Inuit Tuttarvingat, and Métis Centre; Honouring Life Network, National Aboriginal Role Model Program, and the Journal of Aboriginal Health. NAHO’s Portfolio is dedicated to whole health for First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities with the aim to inform policy makers, Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers, health care providers, students, media, non-governmental organizations, and international organizations. NAHO strives to provide high-quality, culturally relevant information to help First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, families and communities make the best possible decisions for their health.