Métis Research Network

mamawiikikayaahk (Healing together) Métis Research Network is the first Métis-specific health research network in Saskatchewan. Under the umbrella of the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Health, and the Saskatchewan NEIHR, the Network will be strategically situated to provide support to Métis health leaders and communities and to post-secondary researchers and students.

How was the name chosen?

Métis Nation – Saskatchewan (MN-S) represents the province’s Métis citizens and is anātawihowin and mamawiikikayaahk Research Networks (SK-NEIHR) primary partner. Elder Norm Fleury is Principal Knowledge User on the FMHRN grant. He is a tireless promoter of the Michif language and speaks Michif, Cree, Anishinaabemowin, Dakota, French, and English. During the grant submission process, and in conversation over breakfast with Principal Investigator Dr. Robert Henry, Norm provided the name mamawiikikayaahk for the Métis Network. The translation of which means healing together in Michif and is rooted in health, healing and Métis concepts of reciprocity and how we can give back and heal as a nation.


How do I say mamawiikikayaahk?

Video of Norm Fleury pronouncing mamawiikikayaahk
mamawiikikayaahk means healing together in Michif. This name was selected for the Métis Network by Métis Elder Norman Fleury. Listen to Norm and learn how to pronounce the name together.

Scientific Directors

Heather Foulds, PhD

Dr. Heather Foulds, Métis, is an Assistant Professor in the College of Kinesiology at the UofS. Dr. Foulds is the Early Career Chair of Indigenous Women’s Heart and Brain Health, co-funded by Heart and Stroke and CIHR. This Chair position evaluates the importance of culture and social support as mediators of health for Indigenous women. Dr. Foulds also holds research grants from SHRF and CIHR investigating health benefits of Métis dancing, including the Red River Jig. Dr. Foulds’ research program explores cardiovascular health determinants, with specific focuses on Indigenous populations and women’s cardiovascular health.  Her research combines medical perspectives with physical activity and exercise healthy lifestyle and the social and cultural aspects of health in preventive approaches to cardiovascular disease.

Robert Henry, PhD

Dr. Robert Henry, is Métis from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Saskatchewan in the Department of Indigenous Studies. Robert’s research areas include Indigenous street gangs and gang theories, Indigenous masculinities, Indigenous and critical research methodologies, youth mental health and visual research methods. Working closely with community partners, Robert works to create knowledge mobilization outcomes that reflect community needs and wants.

Community Advisory Council

The Governing Council is made up of key stakeholders throughout Saskatchewan as listed below. The Council meets twice a year and it provides high level oversight of the mamawiikikayaahk Métis Research Network, assists in the establishment of yearly Métis specific mandates and work plans.

The Governing Council includes representatives from:

  • Métis Nation - Saskatchewan representation
  • Post-secondary institutions
  • Knowledge Users
  • Ex-officio members
  • Graduate Students

Métis Elders Council

This council consists of 6 Métis Elder and meets as needed to provide expert cultural guidance on complex health research topics. The council is accountable to the Métis Community Advisory Council and Research Team.