MIRI Researchers

Dr. Karen Hill

Assistant Professor
Faculty of Health Sciences

Karenna’onwe (Gaw-law-naw-oo-way)– Dr. Karen Hill is a Mohawk physician from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She is the mother of two sons and step mother to five daughters. She completed medical school in 2003 and Family Medicine Residency in 2005 – both from McMaster University. Her passion is to see Traditional Indigenous Knowledge return to the centre of life and healthcare for Indigenous people across Canada. In 2015 Karen became the first recipient of the Thomas Dignan award for Indigenous Health conferred by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. In the same year she also received The College of Family Physicians Excellence Award for leading the way in Indigenous collaborative care in primary practice. Also, in 2016 she was honoured by McMaster University with a Community Impact Award.

In early 2020 Karen partnered with Kahsto’serakwathe (Gaw-Stow-say-la-gwa-tay) Paulette Moore – A Mohawk filmmaker to create “The Aunties Dandelion” media and research centre focused on supporting Indigenous embodiment of original instructions embedded in the traditional knowledge. Karen continues to practice consultative medicine at Six Nations and works with her colleague Dr. Amy Montour in the Indigenous Health Service at the Brantford General Hospital. She has completed 4 years apprenticeship in Traditional Indigenous Medicine and continues this learning along with Mohawk language classes as lifelong commitments.

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