MIRI Researchers

Dr. Randy Jackson

Assistant Professor
Department of Health Aging and Society

What makes it possible for people with HIV to live longer and better lives? Some insights might be found among Canada’s Aboriginal communities. Among many Aboriginal groups, HIV rates are rising, and yet many who have the virus live comparatively stable, happy and long lives.

Randy Jackson is Anishinaabe from Kettle and Stony Point First Nation and has become an expert in HIV in Indigenous communities in Canada. Dissatisfied with existing research, which tended to focus excessively on pathologizing Indigenous people, Jackson works with communities to find a different perspective–one grounded in cultural world views. Jackson continues to study how Indigenous ways of knowing the world can influence lived experiences of HIV. By better understanding the role of culture in the lives of people living with HIV, Jackson reveals parts of the bigger picture of the sociological facets of human health. Jackson teaches courses in Aboriginal Health and Wellness, and also in the Community-Based Research methods that are at the heart of his own research. This community-based approach has broad implications and potential, providing new insights into the ways resilience – not just physical, but also spiritual, emotional and mental – can be grounded in Indigenous knowledge, community and world views.

Randy is an Assistant Professor in the McMaster School of Social Work, Department of Health Aging and Society

Research Interests: Indigenous Health, HIV/AIDS, Indigenous and Decolonizing Methodologies


  1. Indigenous Masculinity and HIV Wellness: Towards Planning a Research Agenda (2018/2019); CIHR Planning Grant
  2. Trans PULSE Canada: A National Study of Transgender Health (2018-2023); CIHR Operating Grant
  3. The GIPA Homefire: Understanding APHA Leadership Towards a Wholistic Response to STBBIs (2017-2020); CIHR Operating Grant
  4. Aboriginal HIV and AIDS Community-Based Research Collaborative Centre (2017-2022): CIHR Centre Grant


  1. Decolonizing, Indigenous and African Diaspora Methodologies: Developing New Ways of Working Together in HIV/AIDS Community-Based Research (2012-201); CIHR Planning Grant
  2. Safe Homes, Strong Families: Housing and Health for Aboriginal Peoples Living with HIV and AIDS (2012-2015); CIHR Operating Grant
  3. Exploring the Health and Wellness of Long-Term HIV-Positive Two-Spirit Men in Ontario (2012-2013); CIHR Catalyst Grant
  4. Taking Action II: Arts-Based Approaches to Fostering Aboriginal Youth Leadership in HIV Prevention (2011-2014); CIHR Operating Grant
  5. Taking Action: Using Arts Based Approaches to Develop Aboriginal Youth Leadership in HIV Prevention (2008-2011); CIHR Operating Grant


  • The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012)
  • Jackson, R. (2019). Indigenous knowing in HIV research in Canada: A reflexive dialogue. In Mykhalovskiy, E. & Namaste, V. (Eds). Critical Social Science and HIV/AIDS: Theory, Critique and Engagement (pp. 109-125). Vancouver, British Columbia: UBC Press. (Accepted in Final Form)
  • Flicker, S., Wilson, C., Native Youth Sexual Health Network, Monchalin, R., Restoule, J-P., Mitchell, C., Larkin, J., Prentice, T., Jackson, R., Oliver, V. (2018). The Impact of Indigenous Youth Sharing Digital Stories about HIV Activism. Health Promotion Practice. (Accepted in Final Form)
  • Jackson, R., Masching, R., Prentice, T., Smith, K., Amirault, M., Pendergraft, K., Loutfy, M. (2018). A Scoping Review of Indigenous HIV and AIDS Research in Canada. Journal of Social Service Research. (In Review).
  • Jackson, R., Brennan, D., Georgievski, G., Zoccole, A., Nobis, T. (2018). “Our Gifts are the Same: Resilient Journeys of Long-Term HIV-Positive Two-Spirit Men in Ontario, Canada. Journal of Indigenous HIV Research. (In Review).
More of Randy’s research can be found on Google Scholar and ResearchGate
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