Mamawohkamtowin

CIHR Development Grant: Network Environments for Indigenous Health Research

This Net­work Envi­ron­ment for Indige­nous Health Research (NEIHR) oper­at­ing grant facil­i­tat­ed a com­mu­ni­ty-led Indige­nous research team, to stim­u­late a trans­for­ma­tion of struc­ture and process­es for local, nation­al and inter­na­tion­al envi­ron­ments for Indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties to devel­op, design and deploy com­mu­ni­ty research pri­or­i­ties. By advanc­ing the rights of Indige­nous Peo­ples to reclaim and inte­grate Indige­nous health knowl­edge, we will deep­en our under­stand­ing of tra­di­tion­al well­ness prac­tices in Cana­da and abroad. Our ini­tia­tives will cul­ti­vate inter­a­gency and com­mu­ni­ty col­lab­o­ra­tion, using mean­ing­ful knowl­edge to sup­port the train­ing of health care pro­fes­sion­als and agen­cies, to increase cul­tur­al­ly respon­sive access to main­stream health care. This inter­dis­ci­pli­nary, mul­ti-part­ner research team will build on region­al, nation­al, and inter­na­tion­al Indige­nous part­ners using Indige­nous method­olo­gies that will sup­port Indige­nous sov­er­eign­ty over land, water and health that is inclu­sive of cul­tur­al, spir­i­tu­al, men­tal, and phys­i­cal wellness.

Overview
  • Sup­port Indige­nous com­mu­ni­ty-based health research that reflects the pri­or­i­ties and val­ues of Indige­nous Peoples;
  • Devel­op an Indige­nous com­mu­ni­ty-based health research net­work envi­ron­ment that will sup­port Indige­nous lead­er­ship and research-relat­ed orga­ni­za­tions with exist­ing and new research infra­struc­tures and platforms;
  • Aug­ment aware­ness, capac­i­ty, and rel­e­vance of Indige­nous health research that improves the health of First Nations, Inu­it and Métis Peo­ples across all health research domains;
  • Improve under­stand­ing of Indige­nous health research and Indige­nous research par­a­digms through eth­i­cal and impact­ful part­ner­ships between Indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties and health researchers, schol­ars, pro­fes­sors and instruc­tors, research admin­is­tra­tors, pol­i­cy and deci­sion-mak­ers, and oth­er par­ties with an inter­est in Indige­nous health research;
  • Engage Indige­nous Peo­ples in Cana­da in lead­ing and con­duct­ing health research and KT;
  • Engage with researchers, Indige­nous Peo­ples, and oth­er rel­e­vant par­ties from dif­fer­ent coun­tries as appro­pri­ate, in order to advance the objec­tives of the NEIHR cen­tres; and
  • Devel­op endur­ing NEIHR cen­tres with sus­tain­able man­dates to build research capac­i­ty, con­duct research, advance Indige­nous research par­a­digms, and car­ry out KT activities.
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