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2007.07.27 - CIET and partners win NEAHR grant for Aboriginal health research

OTTAWA, July 27, 2007 – CIETcanada, partnered with 52 researchers and collaborators from the Universities of Ottawa, Montréal, McGill, Carleton, Queen's and Alberta, and from several Aboriginal organizations across Canada, won a three-year grant to run the Anisnabe Kekendazone Network Environment for Aboriginal Health Research (AK-NEAHR) until 2010. This is part of a national network funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research-Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health (CIHR-IAPH) to advance Aboriginal capacity for health research and planning.

Anisnabe Kekendazone means original knowledge. The AK-network will focus on Aboriginal health issues of national relevance with an emphasis on primary prevention. (Primary prevention is about building wellbeing and reducing the risk of getting a disease.) This includes impact evaluation of preventive strategies and translation of research findings for use by communities, policy makers and health services. AK will feature research on the frontiers where modern science and indigenous knowledge meet, one of which is traditional medicine.

The AK network will support research on these issues through fellowships for masters, doctoral and postdoctoral candidates, and seed-funding for major grants, giving priority to Aboriginal researchers. In January-February 2007, AK will hold the first Inuit Winter Institute on Health Research and Planning at the University of Ottawa (see details).
An all-Aboriginal board with representatives from the five national Aboriginal organizations –Assembly of First Nations, Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, Métis National Council, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and Native Women's Association of Canada – will make all funding decisions. This builds on the institutional model of the current AK, run by CIETcanada at the University of Ottawa, which funded research and planning initiatives across Canada from 2002 to 2007.