Adele  Vukic




Why Dal?

Dalhousie School of Nursing enables me to build on my area of expertise. By providing an environment conducive to critical inquiry, with faculty who are knowledgeable and committed to evidence based practice, Dal has helped me realize my full potential as a researcher. Their support and encouragement is invaluable.

Research interests

My research interest is Aboriginal health, employing Community Based Participatory Health Research. This research with Aboriginal People supports decolonizing processes and Aboriginal abilities to reduce health disparities and improve their health status. I am particularly interested in Aboriginal youth mental health.

Teaching, labs and research groups

  • Health Education and Communication
  • Community Health Clinical
  • Family Nursing Clinical
  • Culture Caring and Health
  • Final Nursing Clinical Practicums


  • Vukic, A., Gregory, D. & Martin-Misener, R. (2012) Indigenous health research: Theoretical and methodological perspectives.  Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 44(2) , 146-161
  • Johnston, G., Vukic, A., Parker, S. (2012).  Cultural understanding in the provision of supportive and palliative care:  Perspectives in relation to an Indigenous population. British Medical Journal: Supportive and Palliative Care.  doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2011-000122
  • Vukic, A.  Jesty, C., Matthews, Sr V., Etowa, J. (2012). Understanding race and racism in nursing: Insights from Aboriginal nurses. International Scholarly Research Network- Nursing " Vol. 2012, Article ID 196437, 9 pages, 2012. doi:10.5402/2012/196437.
  • Vukic, A. , Gregory, D., Martin-Misener, R., & Etowa, J. (2011) Aboriginal and Western conceptions of mental health and illness.  Pimatisiwin: Journal of Indigenous and Aboriginal Community Health,.9 (1).
  • Etowa, J., Matthews, Sr. V.  Vukic, A.  (2011). Uncovering Aboriginal nursing knowledge through Community Based Participatory Research. Indigenous Policy Journal, XXII (1).

Awards and honours

  • Electa McLennan Memorial Scholarship, School of Nursing, Dalhousie University, $12,500 (2013)
  • Ruby Blois Award, Izaak Walton  Killam Hospital,  $10,000 (2013)
  • Margaret Cragg Award, Graduate School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Professions, Dalhousie University, $2,600 (2012)
  • AstraZeneca Canada-Rural Scholarship, Canadian Nurses Foundation, $6,000 (2009)
  • Atlantic Aboriginal Health Research Program (AAHRP) Institute of Aboriginal Peoples Health (IAPH)- (CIHR) 2008-2010 PhD Program, Dalhousie University School of Nursing, $20,500/year scholarship (2008)


  • Vukic, A., Etowa, J., Jesty, C., & Matthews, V. Aboriginal Nurses in Atlantic Canada: Acknowledging the Present to Redress the Future. Union of Health Promotion and Education Conference, Geneva, Switzerland. July 11-15, 2010
  • Vukic, A. Mental Health of Mi’kmaq Youth: Community Based Participatory Action Research. Poster Presentation. National Aboriginal Mental Health Research Conference. Jewish General Hospital Montreal Quebec, August 2011
  • Vukic, A.  Etowa, J. & Jest, C. Atlantic Aboriginal Nurses: Diversity in Health Care. Advancing Health Research Towards Social Justice Building on Diversity and Resilience Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing Research Conference Toronto Ontario June 17, 2011
  • Vukic, A.  Promoting rural Mi’kmaq youth mental health. National Aboriginal Graduate Student Gathering, Vancouver, BC. June 24, 2010
  • Vukic, A. & Etowa, J & Jesty, C. Aboriginal nurses: Acknowledging the past, reconciling the present to redress the future. Community Health Nurses Association 4th Annual Conference. Toronto Ontario June 8-11, 2010