PHD student looking at First Nations autism programs

Six Nations may help Indigenous families nationwide deliver culturally appropriate autism programming. Grant Bruno, a parent of two autistic boys and a member of Nipisihkopahk (Samson Cree Nation), and a PhD student at the University of Alberta is studying autism within First Nations communities in Alberta and wants to expand his study to Six Nations. He came to Six Nations Elected Council’s (SNEC) General Council meeting on June 27 seeking approval of his application to the Ethics Committee to work with Child and Family Services, families and children who have autism. “Currently there is a severe lack of research on autism and Indigenous people in Canada,” he said. “I’ve been working with families and really seeing what’s happening, it’s seen as gifted in my community and I’m sure it’s the…

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