nātawihowin and mamawiikikayaahk Research Networks

Welcome to the nātawihowin and mamawiikikayaahk Research Networks (SK-NEIHR)! We are a network of researchers, community organizations, community members, and students working in the areas of Indigenous health and wellness in Saskatchewan.


Rigel Smith; Photo from the Saskatchewan Indigenous Mentorship Network's 2019 Annual Gathering at First Nations University of Canada

In March 2020, Canada’s national health research funder, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, announced funding to establish nine Indigenous health research centres across the country under its Network Environments for Indigenous Health Research (NEIHR) program. This network of centres is intended to be funded from 2020 to 2035 (15 years), to create and sustain  supportive research environments driven by and grounded in Indigenous communities in Canada.

The new nātawihowin and mamawiikikayaahk Research Networks (SK-NEIHR) are a consortium of Metis, First Nations, and allied individuals, organizations, communities, and institutions with long-established leadership and working relationships in Indigenous health research, training and knowledge mobilization.  This Network has grown out of the opinions, ideas and leadership of Saskatchewan's First Nations and Métis governments, communities, and other key stakeholders.

 It will facilitate a focused, community-driven approach, so health research dollars flow more effectively into communities, with the Saskatchewan Network operating as a matchmaker between communities, researchers, and funding opportunities. At the core of this Network is the foundational belief that it belongs to the First Nations and Métis peoples of Saskatchewan, and can grow and evolve based on what they identify as community needs and priorities.

Based upon direction from Métis and First Nations health leaders, the Saskatchewan Network will be establishing two intersecting collaborating health and wellness centres, to support the unique and intersecting health research needs of First Nations and Métis communities in Saskatchewan.


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The NEIHR Program (Network Environments in Indigenous Health Research) is funded by the CIHR's Institute of Indigenous Peoples' Health. 

For more information on the NEIHR program, visit CIHR's website.