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 Saskatchewan First Nations and Métis Health and Wellness Research, Training and Knowledge Mobilization Network is 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.

FMHRN will be providing support for Indigenous research through activities including:

  • Research matchmaking: identifying funding opportunities and matching researchers and communities
  • Writing and research administrative support: assistance with grant and report writing and knowledge translation, and financial management of research funds
  • Funding:  development grants for researchers to engage with communities to develop and submit grant proposals to large funding agencies
  • Data gathering: research assistants to work in communities, conducting projects and collecting data
  • Training and professional development: workshops, seminars and training in community-based research methods

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Métis Centre

aen mamawii kiikayaah  (Healing together) Métis Health and Wellness 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 FMHRN, the Network will be strategically situated to provide support to Métis health leaders and communities and to post-secondary researchers and students.

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First Nations Centre

The nātawihowin (art of self-healing) First Nations Health and Wellness Network  is the only First Nations-specific health research network in Saskatchewan. Under the umbrella of FSIN’s Health and Social Development Commission (HSDC) and FMHRN, the Network will be strategically situated to provide support to First Nations health leaders and communities and to post-secondary researchers and students.

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

Research Team

Caroline Tait, PhD (NPI)

Heather Foulds, PhD

Holly Graham, RN, PhD, RD

Robert Henry, PhD

Simon Lambert, PhD

Carrie LaVallie, PhD

Stacey Lovo, BScPT, MSc, PhD

Sheri McKinstry, DMD, MPH

Sarah Oosman, PhD

JoLee Sasakamoose, PhD

Joel Schindel, MD, CFCP

Stuart Skinner, MD, DTMH, FRCPC

Jaris Swidrovich, PharmD

Staff

Fleur Macqueen Smith, MA
Manager

First Nations and Métis Health and Wellness Research, Training, and Knowledge Mobilization Network 
fleur.macqueensmith@usask.ca
306-966-5850

Rhonda Taillon, BEd
Research Coordinator

Tait Research Group

Rhonda.taillon@usask.ca  

(306) 966-5762