Sean Hillier

Assistant Professor

York Research Chair in Indigenous Health Policy & One Health
Special Advisor to the Dean on Indigenous Resurgence

Locations / Contact Info:

348A Stong College - SC
Keele Campus
Phone: 4167362100 Ext. 22056

Email address(es):

shillier@yorku.ca

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - School of Health Policy & Management

Degrees

PhD - 2018
X University
Toronto

MA - 2011
York University
Toronto

Biography

Dr. Sean Hillier is a queer Mi’kmaw scholar from the Qalipu First Nation. He is an assistant professor at the School of Health Policy & Management & Special Advisor to the Dean on Indigenous Resurgence in the Faculty of Health at York University. He is the Chair of the Indigenous Council at York and is Co-Chair of the Working Group on Anti-Black and Anti-Indigenous racism in the Faculty of Health. Additionally, Sean is a Board Member of the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT).

Sean is a former CIHR doctoral scholar in the area of Indigenous Peoples living with HIV. His collaborative research program spans the topics of aging, living with HIV and other infectious diseases, and antimicrobial resistance, all with a concerted focus on policy affecting health care access for Indigenous Peoples in Canada. He continues to work in the area of HIV research and is an Investigator with the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network. Dr. Hillier is also a Principal Investigator and Executive Team member on the CIHR funded project entitled: One Health Network for the Global Governance of Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance, where he leads the work plan related to equity and diversity ($2.0 million). He is also an Investigator and Executive Team member for the SSHRC funded research project: Imagining Age-Friendly ’communities within communities’ ($2.5 million). He conducts community based & engaged research with a focus on Indigenous methodologies and ways of knowing and being.

Sean has taught extensively in the areas of Indigenous Health, Social Determinants of Health, Indigenous Law, and Sexuality & Gender. An advocate for human rights and equality, he aims to bring greater information to the general public regarding both Indigenous Peoples and LGBT issues. He is the former Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of Pride Toronto and WorldPride 2014 Toronto.

Selected Publications

Hillier, S., Winkler, E., Lavallée, L.F. (2021) Colonisation, Suicide, and Resilience: Storying with First Nations people living with HIV/AIDS. Journal of Indigenous Wellbeing: Te Mauri –Pimatisiwin, 6(1). (In-press)



Dutescu, I. & Hillier, S. (2021) Encouraging the Development of New Antibiotics: Are Financial Incentives the Right Way Forward? A Systematic Review and Case Study. Infection & Drug Resistance, 14, 415-434. https://doi.org/10.2147/IDR.S287792



Hillier, S., Chaccour, E., Al-Shammaa, H. (2020) Indigenous Nationhood in the Age of COVID-19: Reflections on the Evolution of Sovereignty in Settler-Colonial States. Journal of Indigenous Social Development, 9(3), 23-42. E-ISSN 2164-9170



Hillier, S., Chaccour, E., Al-Shammaa, H. Vorstermans, J. (2020) Commentary: Canada’s Response to COVID-19 for Indigenous Peoples: A way forward? Canadian Journal of Public Health, 111(6), 1000-1001.  https://doi.org/10.17269/s41997-020-00444-w



Hillier, S. & Al-Shammaa, H. (2020) Indigenous Peoples Experiences with Aging: A Systematic Literature Review. Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, 9(4), 145-179. https://doi.org/10.15353/cjds.v9i4



Hillier, S., Winkler, E., Lavallée, L.F. (2020) Decolonising the HIV Care Cascade: Policy and Funding Recommendations from Indigenous Peoples Living with HIV and AIDS. International Journal of Indigenous Health, 15(1), 47-59. https://doi.org/10.32799/ijih.v15i1.33909



McKee, A. R. & Hillier, S. (2020) Northwest Territories Residential Southern Placement Program: Commodification, Dislocation, and Colonization through ‘Care’. International Journal of Indigenous Health, 15(1), 33-46. http://doi.org/10.32799/ijih.v15i1.33909



Bruner, M., Lovelace, R., Hillier, S., Baillie, C., Bruner, B., Hare, K., … Lévesque, L. (2019). Indigenous Youth Development through Sport and Physical Activity: Sharing Voices, Stories, and Experiences. International Journal of Indigenous Health, 14(2), 220 – 250. https://doi.org/10.32799/ijih.v14i2.31945



Bruner, M.W., Hillier, S., Baillie, C.P.T., Paibomsai, A., Lavallée, L.F., Auksi, M.M., Emiry, K., Tremblay, T., Bruner, B.G., Hare, K., Head, C., Lovelace, R., & Lévesque, L. (2016). Positive Youth Development in Aboriginal Sport and Physical Activity: A Systematic Review. Adolescent Research Review, 1(2), 257-269. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40894-015-0021-9  


Other Research Outputs

Wright, G., Morris, A., Barkema, H., Hillier, S., Hindmarch, S., Quach-Thanh, C., Weese, S., Topp, E.  (2021) Reference Document: Jurisdictional Scan. AMR Network: Designing a Coordinated One Health Response to Antimicrobial Resistance in Canada. https://18b93369-0928-4cc0-8376-55a61e83ea9b.filesusr.com/ugd/d13f8e_a94263c4f13c4c109768e9a2546d40ff.pdf

Ruckert, A., Shedeed, E., Hillier, S., Labonté, R. (2021) The Canadian Policy Response to COVID-19: What’s in it for Health Equity? Global 1 Health Network. https://10.13140/RG.2.2.25200.89604

Wright, G., Morris, A., Barkema, H., Hillier, S., Hindmarch, S., Quach-Thanh, C., Weese, S., Topp, E.  (Dec 2020) Network Model Options. AMR Network: Designing a Coordinated One Health Response to Antimicrobial Resistance in Canada. https://18b93369-0928-4cc0-8376-55a61e83ea9b.filesusr.com/ugd/d13f8e_f037d7398a6945909816e8f1331bb74c.pdf

Wright, G., Morris, A., Barkema, H., Hillier, S., Hindmarch, S., Quach-Thanh, C., Weese, S., Topp, E.  (Nov/Dec 2020) Series 2 Consultations: Network Structure. AMR Network: Designing a Coordinated One Health Response to Antimicrobial Resistance in Canada. https://18b93369-0928-4cc0-8376-55a61e83ea9b.filesusr.com/ugd/d13f8e_9c244fef9dea4a5c86c543c03f788863.pdf

Wright, G., Morris, A., Barkema, H., Hillier, S., Hindmarch, S., Quach-Thanh, C., Weese, S., Topp, E.  (September 2020) Discussing the Possible Functions of a Canadian One Health AMR Network. AMR Network: Designing a Coordinated One Health Response to Antimicrobial Resistance in Canada. https://18b93369-0928-4cc0-8376-55a61e83ea9b.filesusr.com/ugd/d13f8e_e84fbe31952a480f88ceb55bbb966086.pdf

Hillier, S. (November 2019) Community Research Report to Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy. “First Nations Health Policy and Funding: Consequences for Those Living with HIV/AIDS”. 30pg. (Not publicly available)

Hillier, S. (October 2019) Research Report to the Vice-President Research & Innovation at York University. “Decolonizing Research Administration: An evaluation of Indigenous Research at York University: A guide to how to move forward”. 49pg. https://10.13140/RG.2.2.10889.88167

Supervision

Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Yes

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes

Current Research

Indigenous health; Indigenous HIV; 2-Spirited & LGBTTIQQA rights; Indigenous methodologies; community-engaged research; Indigenous research ethics.

Research Projects

Aging Well with HIV in Indigenous Communities: "Communities within Communities".
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $68797
Year Funded: 2019
Duration: 2
Funded by: Canadian Institutes of Health Research

AMR Network: Designing a Coordinated National One Health Response to Antimicrobial Resistance in Canada
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $600000
Year Funded: 2019
Duration: 2
Funded by: Other...
Other funding: . Public Health Agency of Canada

Decolonizing Research Administration. Office of Vice President Research and Innovation
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $48000
Year Funded: 2018
Duration: 2
Funded by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Feast Centre for Indigenous STBBI Research.
Role: CoInvestigator
Amount funded: $4818015
Year Funded: 2019
Duration: 5
Funded by: Canadian Institutes of Health Research

First Nations Wellness Initiative: Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19.
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $200000
Year Funded: 2020
Duration: 2
Funded by: Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Imagining Age–Friendly “Communities” within Communities: International Promising Practices
Role: CoInvestigator
Amount funded: $2500000
Year Funded: 2018
Duration: 7
Funded by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

One Health Network for the Global Governance of Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance.
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $1980000
Year Funded: 2019
Duration: 4
Funded by: Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Towards Better Governance of Zoonotic Disease Risk: One Health Principles in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response.
Role: CoInvestigator
Amount funded: $499304
Year Funded: 2020
Duration: 2
Funded by: Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Curriculum Vitae (C.V. file):

CV of Sean Hillier