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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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 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