MIRI Researchers

Dr. Bonnie Freeman

Associate Professor
School of Social Work

Bonnie Freeman is Algonquin/Mohawk from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Her work and research is rooted in connections with Six Nations, the Hamilton Aboriginal Community and other Indigenous communities throughout Canada and the United States. Her research interests are extensive. Her PhD dissertation research examined the journey of Six Nations Haudenosaunee youth, as they traveled on foot through their ancestral lands promoting the message of peace and unity and understanding the transformation of identity and well-being from the connection to land and culture, and self-determination.

Her research is rooted with Indigenous communities that focus on cultural interventions in social work practice, community healing approaches, anti-oppressive practices and decolonization, and indigenous-non-indigenous relations and alliances.

Bonnie is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at McMaster.

Research Interests: Youth, Community Healing

  • Propelling mental health promotion in children and youth through connections, curation and continuous learning – University of Waterloo Propel Centre of Public Health Impact, Mental Health, Child & Youth Knowledge Development & Exchange HUB – Dr. Barbara Riley (P.I.) Public Health Agency of Canada – Collaborator | $1,250,000 (2018 – 2020)
  • Truth Telling: Gardens, Farming and Food Experiences at the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School – Insight Development Grant – Co-Applicant with Dr. Sandra Juutilainen (P.I.), University of Waterloo, Rhona Hanning – University of Waterloo (Co-Applicant) and Heather Manson (Co-Applicant), Public Health Ontario | $67,000 (2018 – 2020)
  • The colonial contours of Indigenous women’s inclusion in the Americas-the Peruvian experience – Insight Grant, Co-Applicant with Dr. Mirna Carrenza (Principle Investigator) and Giovanni Carranza-Hernandez | $93,641
  • Mno Nimkodadding Geegi (We Are All Connected): The Ontario Node of the Indigenous Mentorship Network Program – CIHR Training Grant: Indigenous Mentorship Network Program, Ontario – Western University | $200,000 (2017 – 2018)
  • Testing the Waters: Building Relationships through Reconciliation and a Two Row Research Paradigm – Insight Development Grant |$64,010.00 (2017)
  • Native youth, non-Native youth and the police | Funding: 2017 Doris & Ross Dixon Foundation Alliance Project – $4360.00 | Summary: P.I.s Dr Trish Van Katwyk, Dr Bonnie Freeman, and collaborator, Donna Dubie, ED, Healing of the 7 Generations Develop a dialogue and art project with Aboriginal youth, non-Aboriginal youth and police in the Waterloo region. The dialogue and art creation will expand an understanding of the ways in which positive relationships between youth and police can be built.
  • Authentic Indigenous Research Partnership with Six Nations and McMaster Water Network – 2016 McMaster Forward With Integrity – Interdisciplinary Grant – $20,000 | Project Leads: John Preston, Engineering; Chelsea Gabel, Health Aging & Society; Dustin Garrick, Political Science; Bernice Downey, Post Doc; Joanna Wilson, Biology; Sara Dickson, Civil Engineering; Nancy Doubleday, Peace Studies; Susan Watt, Social Work. | Collaborator: Bonnie Freeman, Indigenous Education Council
  • Building Indigenous-Settler Alliances in Social Work Education | Funding: 2014-2015 Forward with Integrity, President’s Office, McMaster – $9,640 | Project Leads: Sinding, C., Freeman, B., Jackson, R., | Collaborators: Preston, S., Gullage, A Enhancing Social Work Faculty & Sessionals’ knowledge of Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing.
  • Pilot Research Project Testing the Waters: Building Relationship through a Two Row Research Paradigm: P.I: Dr. Bonnie Freeman, Co-I: Dr. Trish Van Katwyk (Waterloo) & Dr. Suzanne Mills (McMaster) & IUSRP student, Randall Fiddler (May- Aug. 2016)
  • Pilot Project Learning Beyond Fences: Equine Assisted Learning for First Year Nursing Students (2015)
  • Community Engagement Research Transformation of Well-being for Aboriginal Youth with Equine Assisted Growth & Learning with Hamilton Métis Women’s Circle and Halton Police (2013)
  • Ehyadohsraedei Yehyatohserayenteiri (formerly known as SNP Associate Professor), Six Nations Polytechnic Appointment (2017 – 2018)
  • Award for Outstanding Graduate Work, Wilfrid Laurier University (2015)
  • Student Award, Native Research Network Conference, South Dakota, USA (2010)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2008)
  • National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, CIBC Achiever Scholarship (2007)
  • Aboriginal Social Work Prize, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University (2007)
  • Indigenous Health Research Development Program Graduate Scholarship, University of Toronto/McMaster University (2005)
  • Indigenous Health Research Development Program Graduate Scholarship, University of Toronto/McMaster University (2003)

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