Our in-house research expert, Patty Chabbert, views Indigenous research as an opportunity for cultural reclamation and revitalization, animating and amplifying the voices and vision of Indigenous youth and community members. She continues to find creative and culturally relevant ways to share these messages, through art, interactive media, story weaving, creative industry partnerships, published or other forms of written work, and so much more.
Patty has a Masters in Public Policy and Administration, with a focus on Indigenous Administration and Indigenous research and evaluation practices. She has worked with First Nations communities, provincial and federal governments and has extensive experience working with Indigenous urban organizations and the non-profit sector. As a consultant, Patty has garnered experiences working across a variety of areas impacting Indigenous communities, including youth and community engagement, youth mental health and wellness, child welfare, urban community development, housing and homelessness, cultural safety, land-based learning and STEAM and Indigenous research and evaluation. .
Patty has held and/or participated in a number of research grants including two recent Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR), Indigenous seed grants as well as the CURA (Canadian Universities Research Alliance) grant. Examples of her work include producing an extensive historical overview of Indigenous Child Welfare for the Commission to Promote Sustainable Child Welfare; developing a Companion Manual and interactive youth wellness modules for SNAP in Indigenous Communities, developing an urban Indigenous community development and engagement model, co-developing SEVEN Magazine, an Indigenous owned multi-media Magazine; and collaborating on an Indigenous Research Manual. Patty was awarded the top 30 under 30 for her research, and Nominated for Northern Region’s Leading Women, Building Communities, as well as Nominated for two distinguished awards including Non-Profit of the Year and Governor General’s Award in the category of Innovative Programming.