Anishinaabe Bimaadiziwin Research Program

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Working in Sioux Lookout and the surrounding First Nations, the Anishinaabe Bimaadiziwin Research Program initiates and collaborates on relevant clinical and community projects, as well as regional and cross-cultural research.

Goals

  • Assist communities and researchers to build strong and equitable partnerships on focused and common research interests
  • Foster an environment of curiosity, inquiry and sharing
  • Encourage research that is relevant, ethical, community-oriented and builds capacity
  • Communicate with and share health research knowledge with communities and organizations

Background

The Anishinabe Bimaadiziwin Research Program is a partnership between SLFNHA and Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (SLMHC).

Through Resolution 12-08, Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA) was mandated by First Nations leaders to establish a community directed Research Unit to conduct research based on community health priorities. The direction comes in order to provide SLFNHA with sufficient health data and evidence to support and advocate for the delivery of appropriate, adequate and proactive health care at the community level. The research unit would also ensure that the communities in the Sioux Lookout area set priorities for health research and not individuals or institutions.

At the same time, SLMHC was in the process of creating its own research program. In 2013, SLFNHA and SLMHC created the partnership to form a joint unit. Representatives from SLFNHA and SLMHC formed a Research Advisory Group to lead the creation of the unit. This group is acting in a board capacity during development stage.