Indigenous health research at CIHR

CIHR committed to strengthen Indigenous health research in Canada through its Action Plan: Building a healthier future for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples.

Indigenous Health Research can be defined by any field or discipline related to health and/or wellness that is conducted by, grounded in, or engaged with, First Nations, Inuit or Métis communities, societies or individuals and their wisdom, cultures, experiences or knowledge systems, as expressed in their dynamic forms, past and present.

Health research can help improve the health and wellness of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Indigenous Peoples and communities can share their traditions and Ways of Knowing with researchers, through:

  • Indigenous approaches in study designs;
  • implementation and evaluation of policies and interventions;
  • reach, access and sustainability of effective approaches; and
  • coordinated efforts of health and non-health partners in remote, rural and urban communities.

CIHR strives to build respectful relationships with Indigenous communities through the establishment of research environments that are socially, spiritually, emotionally and physically safe. Thanks to Indigenous Elders and community members, and researchers for participating actively in our peer review committees to ensure that we are building capacity in this field and investing in the best Indigenous health research.

Led by its Institute of Indigenous Peoples' Health, the health and wellbeing of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples is a priority for all 13 institutes.

Indigenous initiatives and programs at CIHR

Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal Peoples (Pathways)
This initiative aims to develop the evidence base in how to design, offer and implement programs and policies that promote health and health equity in four priority areas: suicide prevention, tuberculosis, diabetes/obesity and oral health.
Network Environments for Indigenous Health Research (NEIHR)
The network is intended to provide supportive research environments for Indigenous health research driven by, and grounded in, First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities in Canada.
Indigenous Healthy Life Trajectories Initiative (I-HeLTI)
I-HeLTI is focused on enabling the development of Indigenous focused interventions designed to improve health outcomes across the lifespan for Indigenous boys, girls, women, men, gender-diverse and Two-Spirit individuals in Canada.
Transitions in Care
The goal of the Transitions in Care (TiC) initiative is to improve the health and wellness of Canadians by supporting research that transforms the health system to optimize the outcomes of individuals experiencing transitions in care.
Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR)
The objective of SPOR is to foster evidence-informed health care by bringing innovative diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to the point of care, so as to ensure greater quality, accountability, and accessibility of care.
HIV/AIDS Research Initiative
This initiative manages and oversees the research components of the two major Government of Canada initiatives in HIV/AIDS: the Federal Initiative to Address HIV/AIDS in Canada and the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative.
Integrated Cannabis Research Strategy
The overarching vision of the ICRS is that a well-coordinated series of activities can position Canada to be a world leader in developing the research capacity and amassing the research evidence needed to appropriately roll out policy and regulatory models for non-medical cannabis use.
Drug Safety and Effectiveness Network (DSEN)
The objective of DSEN is to increase the evidence for decision-makers and build research capacity on the safety and effectiveness of drugs and biologics in real world settings.
Indigenous Gender and Wellness Initiative
CIHR has launched Travel Awards to allow interested Indigenous Peoples and allies to attend an Idea Fair and Learning Circle in June on Indigenous Gender and Wellness.
Food security and Climate Change in the Canadian North Initiative
This initiative aims to provide a deeper understanding of food security and climate change in the Canadian North, with particular focus on Indigenous populations, and to support the development of effective approaches, programs and policy to address this issue.
Indigenous Research Chairs in Nursing
The Indigenous Research Chair in Nursing initiative supports the development of best practices in nursing in order to improve the health of Indigenous Peoples.
Indigenous Mentorship Network Program
The Indigenous Mentorship Network Program aims to facilitate exchange among Indigenous health researchers by creating learning opportunities tailored to Indigenous researchers’ activities.

Contact

For more information, contact support-soutien@cihr-irsc.gc.ca

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