Julie Bull, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador

Julie Bull is of Inuit descent and is a member of NunatuKavut. She grew up in Happy Valley - Goose Bay, Labrador with her mom.  Julie currently holds the position of Qualitative Research Consultant with the NunatuKavut Community Council on a part-time and volunteer basis and Research Officer with the Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council.  Julie is also currently working towards completing an Interdisciplinary PhD in the area of “Aboriginal Research Ethics” at the University of New Brunswick.

Julie prides herself on being able to work in academic settings while staying true and close to her roots. “It is about standing up for what you believe in and not being afraid of a challenge.” She believes that honesty and integrity are essential to personal and professional success.

Though Julie has received numerous awards and recognitions for her scholarly abilities, it is the feedback from young people that really drives her to achieve more. As a 2007 National Aboriginal Role Model, Julie traveled around the country working with youth. Every time she visited a community, she was struck by how much insight the young people had. She left more motivated and took away more teachings from those community visits than she has in the many graduate courses she has taken.

Tough formal education is important to her, and she encourages everyone to receive as much education as they can, Julie does not dismiss the value of the many ways we are informally educated every day. She believes that "education is the key by which all doors will open: embrace your culture, enhance your knowledge, and educate yourself"

Her educational background includes:

• Bachelor of Arts Degree (Psychology) from the University of Prince Edward Island;
• Bachelor of Arts Degree (Philosophy) from the University of Prince Edward Island;
• Master of Applied Health Services Research from the University of Prince Edward Island;
• Doctoral student in the Interdisciplinary PhD program at the University of New Brunswick

Her awards include:

• Vanier Graduate Scholarship, 2010;
• Jens Peder Hart Hansen Fellow Award, International Union for Circumpolar Health, 2009;
• National Aboriginal Role Model, National Aboriginal Health Organization, 2007;
• Scientific Director’s Award of Excellence, CIHR-Institute of Aboriginal Peoples Health, 2007;
• Graduate Student Fellowship, Atlantic Aboriginal Health Research Program, 2006-2009;
• Undergraduate Student Internship, Atlantic Aboriginal Health Research Program, 2004-2006.