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Warry Wayne, Professor Emeritus

Wayne Warry

Professor Emeritus

Emeritus Faculty
Department of Anthropology


Research & Supervisory Interests  

I am Professor Emeritus in the Department of Anthropology and Professor and Director, the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research, Laurentian University (  The majority of my research concerns Aboriginal health and health care, both on and off reserve in Northeastern Ontario. As a practicing anthropologist I have experience in program design, community based training, evaluation research, needs assessments, policy research and cross cultural awareness training. I have also been involved in collaborative research and writing on teaching and learning; specifically, on research concerning the impact of the Inquiry teaching and learning at the undergraduate level.

I’m currently involved in a research project with Kristen Jacklin (PA), Associate Professor, Human Sciences at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine concerning the cultural construction of Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias and caregiving in Aboriginal communities in Ontario, a multi-sited study involving First Nations and Urban communities A second project which I am PA was recently completed was conducted in partnership with the Asthma Society of Canada. The Respiratory Health Awareness Community Outreach and Engagement Model in First Nations, Inuit and Métis Communities developed a pilot intervention concerning lung health, asthma and environmental conditions and evaluated health promotion and awareness interventions in 6 communities across the country.

I am also the Principal Applicant for a CIHR, Institute of Aboriginal Peoples Health Network grant based at McMaster that involves a group of researchers at five Ontario universities and the University of Buffalo.  Dawn Martin Hill, the Paul R. MacPherson Chair in Indigenous Knowledge, and Associate Professor in Anthropology,  is also part of that initiative. This grant funds a Network Environment for Aboriginal Health Research called the Indigenous Health Research Development Program in Ontario (  The IHRDP is one of nine NEAHR centres in the country. This network is a initiative which aims to build research capacity in Ontario and which funds community based research and provides scholarships for MA and Ph.D. students interested in Indigenous health research.


PhD Australian National University, 1983


Selected Publications 

Jacklin, Kristen M. and Wayne Warry
2011. 'Decolonizing First Nations' Health', Chapter 20 in Judith Kulig and Allison Williams (eds) Health Care in Rural Canada, UBC press.

2012. Asthma Society of Canada (lead author Oxana Latcheyva)
Final Report of The Respiratory Health Awareness community outreach and engagement model in First Nations, Inuit and Métiscommunities: Pilot Intervention, submitted to The Public Health Agency of Canada Lung Health Program.

2009. Christopher Justice, James Rice and Wayne Warry. Developing Useful and Transferable Skills: Course Design to Prepare Students for a Life of Learning, International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Vol. 3, No. 2:1-19.

2009. Christopher Justice, James Rice and Wayne Warry "Academic skill development-Inquiry seminars can make a difference",International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Vol. 3, No.1:1-23.