Canada invests $100.8 Million for Indigenous Health Research Program

Canada’s Minister of Health, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor has announced an investment of $100.8M over 16 years in the Network Environments for Indigenous Health Research (NEIHR) Program.

This represents the largest single investment ever from the Government of Canada, through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), in Indigenous health research.

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The purpose of the NEIHR Program is to establish a national network of nine centres located across the country focused on capacity development, research and knowledge translation centered on Indigenous Peoples.

The NEIHR Program will provide supportive environments for Indigenous health research driven by and grounded in Indigenous communities in Canada. More specifically, it will support Indigenous community-based health research based upon the priorities and values of Indigenous Peoples.

Minister of Health, The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor said, “Improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Peoples in Canada is a priority for our government. We believe that health research is one of the best investments we can make to ensure better health outcomes for Indigenous communities. The NEIHR Program will not only build capacity for research and create networks of experts – it will also support the next generation of Indigenous health researchers.”

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QC, President of the University of Victoria, Jamie Cassels said, “The University of Victoria is deeply committed to reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous Peoples. This commitment is reflected in our Indigenous community-engaged education and research. The investment by the federal government enables researchers at UVic and across this country to conduct vitally important Indigenous health research. Together, professors, Elders, communities and students—Indigenous and non-Indigenous—can build new knowledge and capacity to promote health, resilience and well-being.”

The Minister made the announcement at the University of Victoria, where she participated in an Indigenous research roundtable alongside Dr. Carrie Bourassa, the Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health.

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