About Us

The nātawihowin and mamawiikikayaahk Research Networks (SK-NEIHR) is a consortium of over 100 researchers, community organizations, First Nations and Métis governing bodies and more.


Métis and First Nations people across Saskatchewan are strong leaders in creating positive changes in health care delivery, and in addressing health and social disparities experienced by their communities. Research is central to their efforts. The SK-NEIHR supports First Nations and Métis health research through a number of activities, all developed to address barriers that can prevent Indigenous stakeholders from participating in research. These barriers—including geographic location, lack of staff capacity, and a lack of local and regional infrastructure—and ways to address them were identified through an extensive community consultation process. For more information on these services, please contact us.

Our research facilitation activities include:

Research Matchmaking

Identifying funding opportunities and matching researchers and communities

An ongoing challenge for researchers is finding the time and resources to build trusting and meaningful partnerships with Indigenous stakeholders before engaging in the development of research ideas and grant proposals. Funding agencies often require demonstration of existing relationships prior to awarding funding, although they offer limited support in developing these partnerships. Similarly, First Nations and Métis stakeholders may lack the time to identify researchers with whom they can partner, and resources to develop those partnerships. To address this, the SK-NEIHR will serve as a research matchmaker, identifying funding opportunities, and matching interested researchers and communities to develop and nurture partnerships. Subscribe to our mailing list to learn about new research and funding opportunities.


Writing and research administrative support

Assistance with grant and report writing and knowledge translation, and financial management of research funds

Developing research proposals is time consuming, and the health research environment in Canada is very competitive. To assist researchers and community partners with this, SK-NEIHR provides hands-on assistance with writing and research administration, including: mentorship and workshops to assist people in developing and submitting grant applications; assistance in reviewing grant proposals, preparing CVs for researchers and community partners, developing budgets, timelines, governance and logic models, and other attachments; and help using online grant submission systems such as CIHR’s ResearchNet. THe SK NEIHR can also provide some guidance and support with communications and knowledge translation materials and activities to share research findings.

Financial management of research funds is another complex area in which both researchers and community partners need support. For more than two decades, Indigenous peoples across Canada have worked to have greater control over research and data governance, including management of research funding. The SK-NEIHR is currently developing processes to make the financial management of research funds much more accessible to Indigenous community partners, while ensuring they are not overburdened with administrative processes.


Community Development Grants

Development grants for researchers to engage with communities to develop and submit grant proposals to large funding agencies.

The SK NEIHR has funds available for Community Partnership Grants each year—seed funding meant to support researchers and community stakeholders, to develop grant applications to the Tri-Councils and other major research funders, on Indigenous health research. These are planning and development grants of up to $10,000, intended to support research proposal development, not funding to undertake research projects. They are awarded to research teams who are planning to submit proposals within the next year.

SK-NEIHR researchers and staff also provide mentorship, workshops and hands-on support for successful applicants, to assist them in developing and submitting grant proposals. In our first year, we released calls for proposals in March, and again in October 2020. For more information, and to see who we have funded to date, visit the Funding page on our website.


Data gathering

Research assistants to work in communities, conducting projects and collecting data

When designing the nātawihowin and mamawiikikayaahk Research Networks (SK-NEIHR), it was clear that research teams are faced with a shortage of experienced Indigenous research assistants who are trained in mixed-methods data collection, analysis and knowledge translation methods. While many teams want to employ local people, there may not be anyone local with these skills available. The nātawihowin and mamawiikikayaahk Research Networks (SK-NEIHR) will be developing a pool of trained research assistants that research teams can hire for their projects, to travel to communities and collect data, and assist with analysis, on a cost-recovery basis. Research assistants will be able to mentor researchers and students in understanding community protocols and best practices for successful research development and data collection.

For more information on any of these services, please contact us.


Training and Professional Development

Workshops, seminars and training in community-based research methods

Learn from leading Indigenous health experts working in communities and community-based organizations, with local Indigenous governing organizations and researchers. We offer a variety of training opportunities, including:


Our Partners

Lt. to Rt: USask researchers Caroline Tait and Simon Lambert with NEIHR partners Métis Nation-Saskatchewan Health Minister Marg Friesen, Whitecap Dakota First Nation Chief Darcy Bear, and MN-S President Glen McCallum

Our partners include:

  • Métis Nation-Saskatchewan
  • Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations
  • Whitecap Dakota First Nation
  • Northern Intertribal Health Authority
  • Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan
  • Office of the Treaty Commissioner of Saskatchewan
  • University of Regina
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • First Nations University of Canada
  • Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology
  • Gabriel Dumont Institute


Fleur Macqueen Smith, MA

nātawihowin and mamawiikikayaahk Research Networks (SK-NEIHR)