Research Profiles – Two-Eyed Seeing: Bringing Aboriginal Perspectives to Health Research

Photo: A mural by young residents of the Standing Buffalo Dakota First Nation reserve in Saskatchewan.

Your health is about more than just the notes on your medical records. The strength of your community, your connection to your past and your culture, and the health of the environment around you can all affect your well-being. But traditional research methods sometimes fail to capture these broader measures of health.

Across Canada, researchers and Aboriginal communities are beginning to work together in a new research model known as “two-eyed seeing”. This approach combines the strengths of both traditional scientific methods and Aboriginal ways of understanding health. Together, these teams are hoping to create a more collaborative and comprehensive way to study health issues. In the process, Aboriginal people are reconnecting with their culture and feeling a greater sense of ownership and involvement in the research going on in their communities.

This month, we’re profiling CIHR-funded projects that examine health through the lens of Aboriginal culture and tradition.

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