NEIHR Council

A NEIHR Council, with representatives from CIHR, the funded NEIHR Centres, and other members of the Tri-Councils will be established in the next few months.

National/International Collaboration

The Coordinating Centre will work with the NEIHRs and other teams across Canada and internationally to broker and support new relationships between NEIHR researchers in Canada, and with  international researchers. It is our intention for the Coordinating Centre to support the development of two to four new national/international research proposals each year.

Indigenous Health Gathering

Please note, the below description is based on  our team's initial proposal. We will be continually evaluating our plan for Spring 2020, depending  on how the year progresses with regards to current and changing Covid-19 public health measures. The health and safety of our communities is paramount, and we will plan for 2021 accordingly.


2021 NEIHR Annual Gathering

In 2021 the Coordinating Centre will host the National Gathering of Graduate Students (NGGS)  in conjunction with the NEIHR Annual Gathering in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. We will be able to host both on the Indigenous lands of Whitecap Dakota First Nation, located just south of Saskatoon, with whom we have strong partnerships. At this point ,Whitecap’s hotel and conference centre will have been in operation for a year, and be ready to host national and international gatherings.

Subsequent national gatherings could be hosted by a different NEIHR each year, supported by the Coordinating Centre. The annual gathering will include Indigenous stakeholder presentations and panels. Indigenous stakeholders (researchers, community members, students, Elders and knowledge keepers) will serve on the organizing committee. 

National Gathering of Graduate Students

NGGS 2020

Unfortunately, the 2020 Gathering had to be cancelled, due to the Public Health response to Covid-19. A huge thank you to Dr. Chantelle Richmond and Katie BigCanoe at Western University who, along with their team, put in a lot of work organizing and planning this summer's Gathering. 

For further details, please visit their website

The 2021 Gathering planning is on hold until we have a better sense of what kind of activities will be appropriate in 2021. 

NEIHR Evaluation Strategy

Evaluation will be supported by an external evaluation consultant, and undertaken in collaboration with CIHR’s Performance and Accountability Branch. The evaluation framework for the Coordinating Centre and all NEIHRs will be standardized to make certain that the NEIHR Program can be assessed as a whole, as well as incorporating flexible design elements to ensure that individual NEIHRs are able to report back data that is useful for both them and the Coordinating Centre. More information will be available on evaluation as the evaluation framework is developed.

Funded NEIHRs

Atlantic The Wabanaki-Labrador Indigenous Health Research Network

Debbie Martin, PhD
Quebec Ratikonhsatátie NEIHR

Treena Delormier, PhD


Holistic Indigenous Mental Health and Wellness: Transforming Health Care Strengths and Solutions

Dr. Suzanne Stewart, PhD

Kishaadigeh: Indigenous Self Determination through Research for our Future Generations

Jaime Cidro, PhD

First Nations and Métis Health and Wellness Research, Training and Knowledge Mobilization Network (FMHRN):

nātawihowin – First Nations Centre /aen mamwii kiiayaahk – Métis Centre

Caroline Tait, PhD 
Alberta Indigenous Primary Health Care and Policy Research (IPHCPR) Network in Alberta

Dr. Lindsay Crowshoe, MD, CCFP 
British Columbia BC Network Environment for Indigenous Health Research

Charlotte Loppie, PhD
Northwest Territories

Institute for Circumpolar Health Research (Yellowknife, NT)

Northwest Territories Network Environment for Indigenous Health Research

Kimberly Fairman, MA (c)

(nominated lead)

Nunavut A proposal for a Network Environment for Indigenous Health Research in Nunavut Gwen Healey Akearok , PhD 

Our Team

Simon Lambert, PhD
Scientific Director 

Rhonda Taillon
Research Coordinator, Tait Research Group  
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