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.
- 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.