Four researchers and community partners awarded Community Partnership Grants

Four researchers and community partners awarded funding totalling $35,313 in second round of Community Partnership Grants to develop major Indigenous health research grant proposals.

Based on the success of its first call for proposals for Community Partnership Grants, launched in March 2020, the Saskatchewan First Nations and Metis Health Network held a second round of funding in the network’s first year. Applications were open to any researchers or community partners in Saskatchewan, other than those funded in the first round.

Four researcher and community partner teams were funded in this round: two at the University of Saskatchewan, one at the University of Regina, and one at First Nations University of Canada.

These grants provide researchers and community partners with seed funding to support them to develop Indigenous health grant applications to the Tri-Councils and other major research funders. In addition to the funding, grantees will be provided with mentorship and support so they are able to work together with other researcher and community partners to develop and submit strong research proposals to major granting agencies in the next year, increasing their likelihood of success.

Congratulations to all our recipients! They are, in alphabetical order:
Dr. Sherry Arvidson, RN, MN, EdD, an assistant professor with the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Regina, and her colleagues have been awarded $9985 for their project Suicide Prevention in Cote, Keeseekoose and Key First Nations. They will form a partnership to work collaboratively on suicide prevention among the youth and young adults living in the areas of these First Nations in Treaty 4 Territory in Central Saskatchewan.

Youth and families in the communities will be actively involved, along with Indigenous knowledge keepers, health directors, band council members, and other researchers and healthcare professionals. Team members include Glynis Bandet (RN, Indigenous Services Canada), Nadia Holinaty (RN, Community Outreach Nurse, Government of Canada), James Daschuk, Faculty of Kinesiology & Health Studies, University of Regina) and community members.
Dr. Paul Hackett, PhD, a faculty member in Geography and Planning at the University of Saskatchewan, and co-applicant on the First Nations and Métis Health Research Network, and his colleagues have been awarded $8328 for their project Community Engagement for research on TB in Alberta and Saskatchewan.  They will be engaging with community members in Saskatchewan, Alberta and possibly Manitoba on telling the untold story of TB’s incursion and subsequent persistence in the Northern region of the Canadian Prairies.

This project builds on the team’s Pathways TB research network (, adding new community partners, and engaging more youth, Elders, LGBTQ2S+, and people affected by TB. Team members include Dr. Richard Long at the University of Alberta, a clinical specialist in TB prevention and care, and advocate for TB affected populations, and Dr. Courtney Heffernan, who will be joining the University of Saskatchewan in 2021 as a postdoctoral fellow.
Dr. James Stempien, MD, FCFP, CCFP-EM, CCPE, the provincial department head of Emergency Medicine, and clinical associate professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, and his colleagues have been awarded $7000 for their project Equality of Care in Emergency Rooms. They will use sharing/talking circles with Indigenous community members and stakeholders who were seen in the Emergency Department at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon, to identify perceived barriers in the emergency department and attitudes of health care providers towards Indigenous patients.

This project will be designed and implemented in collaboration with the First Nations and Métis Health Council of the Saskatchewan Health Authority. Team members include Taofiq Oyedokun and Martin Ashley Sasbrink-Harkema as coinvestigators, Rachit Batta, Robert Carey, and Dillan Radomske as new investigators, Tracy Wilson as a research coordinator, and a liaison with First Nations and Métis Health Council.
Dr. Angelina Weenie, PhD an associate professor in Indigenous Education at First Nations University of Canada, and her colleagues have been awarded $10,000 for their project Earth Teachings and Insights from Elders on Culture Camps. They will hold Elders’ forums with Elders involved in culture camps in two First Nations communities, at kāniysihk Culture Camps at Ministikwan Lake Cree Nation, and at Sturgeon Lake First Nation’s culture camps, to reflect on how culture camps contribute to health and wellbeing, and how they can be improved.

The research team includes Cree speakers, who will be able to translate discussions from Cree into English. Team members include Willie Ermine from Sturgeon Lake First Nation, Dr. Kevin Lewis from Ministikwan Lake Cree Nation, Mary Sasakamoose from Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation, and Dr. Angelina Weenie from Sweetgrass First Nation. 

by Fleur Macqueen Smith, MA, Manager, First Nations and Métis Health Research Network, 

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