Paul Hackett
(B.A. Carleton; M.A. Manitoba; Ph.D. Manitoba)
Assistant Professor
Medical Geography; Aboriginal Health; Historical Epidemiology
Department of Geography & Planning
Room 108 Kirk Hall
117 Science Place
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK   Canada
S7N 5C8

Phone: (306)966-2919
Fax: (306)966-5680

Current Courses

GEOG 130.3 Space, Place & Society
GEOG 204.3 Geography of Prairie Regions

Courses Taught

  • Introductory Cartography and Digital Map Analysis (200 Level) Geography
  • Geography of Tourism and Recreation (200 Level) Geography
  • Geography of the United States (200 Level) Geography
  • Demography of Past Populations (300 Level) Anthropology
  • Introduction to Medical Geography (Graduate Level Course) Community Health Sciences and Geography
  • Social Change and Public Health - Population Health/Epidemics (Med 1 rotation) Faculty of Medicine

Research Interests

Dr. Hackett is interested in the historical and geographical patterns of the health of western Canadaís First Nations. His graduate research examined the past diffusion of directly-transmitted, acute infectious diseases, leading to the publication in 2002 of his book, A Very Remarkable Sickness. His CIHR-funded postdoctoral research focussed on the changing public health of the Island Lake First Nations of northern Manitoba during the twentieth century. His current CIHR-supported research investigates the history of tuberculosis among the western First Nations. In keeping with his focus on the impact of cultural change on community health, an upcoming project will examine the factors that helped set the stage for the current epidemic of Type 2 diabetes among First Nations in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Selected Publications

"Treaties and Tuberculosis: First Nations People in late 19th Century Western Canada, a Political and Economic Transformation" in The Canadian Bulletin of Medical History. Volume 23, no. 2: 307-330. Second Author (with Dr. Jim Daschuk).

Jan.-Feb. 2006
"From Past to Present: Understanding First Nations Health Patterns in a Historical Context," in "Aboriginal Health Research and Policy: First Nations-University Collaboration in Manitoba," supplement to the Canadian Journal of Public Health. Volume 96, Supplement 1: S17-S21.

"Historical Mourning Practices Observed among the Cree and Ojibway Indians of the Central Subarctic" Ethnohistory. Volume 52, Issue 3: 503-533.

"Averting Disaster: The Hudsonís Bay Company and Smallpox in Western Canada during the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries," The Bulletin of the History of Medicine. Volume 78: 575-609.

"Health Issues: Impacts and Approaches: Tuberculosis" in The Social Sciences and Humanities in Health Research: A Canadian Snapshot of Fields of Study and Innovative Approaches to Understanding and Addressing Health Issues. A Joint report of the CIHR and SSHRC.

A Very Remarkable Sickness: Epidemics in the Petit Nord to 1846 (book), University of Manitoba Press, Native Studies Series, Volume 14.

"The Monsoni and the Smallpox of 1737-39" in Oakes, Jill E. et al. Eds. Pushing the Margins: Native and Northern Studies, Departments of Native Studies and Zoology, The University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba: 244-257.

Awards and Fellowships

Jason A. Hannah Medal from the Royal Society of Canada , for A Very Remarkable Sickness: Epidemics in the Petit Nord, 1670-1846 (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, November 2002).

CIHR and Associated Medical Services Senior Research Fellowship in the History of Aboriginal Health and Medicine for project: "A comparative historical analysis of the emergence and impact of tuberculosis among the First Nations of Western Canada, 1700 to 1940."

Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Distinguished Dissertation Award, University of Manitoba (Social Sciences and Humanities)

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