The Prairie Indigenous Knowledge Exchange Network (PIKE-Net) Mentorship Program
The Prairie Indigenous Knowledge Exchange Network (PIKE-Net), housed at the University of Manitoba Ongomiizwin - Research, is a mentorship program that seeks to expand the pool of Indigenous health researchers working in the academy and communities. This will further contribute to the development of a sustainable and collaborative research environment among Manitoba’s First Nations, Metis, and Inuit communities, post-secondary institutions, and national/international linkages developed under the ACADRE-NEAHR program.

Funded through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research—Institute of Aboriginal Peoples Health (CIHR-IAPH), the PIKE-Net program links First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities and researchers at the provinces universities and supports health research capacity building for students and community researchers.

Program Objectives:
  (1) To increase mentorship opportunities for First Nations, Inuit and Metis trainees and new investigators through networking.
  (2) To increase mentorship opportunities and collaborations with regions across Canada’s North. 
  (3) To address recruitment, retention, and representation of First Nations, Inuit and Metis trainees and new investigators.
  (4) To create mechanisms within mentorship networks that support trainees and new investigators throughout the different states of their training and career.
  (5) To ensure the inclusion of cultural practices and attention to the psychosocial needs of trainees in Indigenous mentorship network programs.
  (6) To identify systemic and individual barriers hindering First Nations, Metis and Inuit trainees and new investigators from becoming full-tenured faculty members or nominated principal investigators driving the Indigenous health research agenda, for example, and develop strategies for overcoming barriers.

Building Student Research Networks
Since 2001, the CIHR funded ACADRE-NEAHR program at the University of Manitoba has supported the development of a new generation of health researchers.  Under PIKE-Net the centre, in collaboration with our partnering universities and organizations, will continue to help build research capacity in Manitoba while fostering linkages in the field of Indigenous health. 

Opportunities for Students
We offer a variety of supports and opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in Indigenous health.

Summer Research Internships
Our internship program allows students to explore Indigenous health issues through hands-on research experience under the direction of faculty members and community-based researchers. Undergraduate and graduate students are selected for the program during an annual competition each spring.

Graduate Student Fellowships
Graduate students at the Masters and PhD level may apply for one-year fellowships to help support their studies in Indigenous health. Applications are invited from part-time and full-time graduate students in all faculties/programs who research is in the area of Indigenous health. Priority is given to students enrolled in Manitoba programs and/or students whose research is primarily based in Manitoba or neighboring communities in Nunavut. Successful applicants must adhere to the Canadian Institute of Health Research guidelines regarding employment and holding concurrent fellowships/awards. Value: $17,000/$8,500 (full-time/part-time) for Masters, $20,000/$10,000 (full-time/part-time) for PhD. Award enhancements for students holding other major fellowships (e.g. CIHR, SSHRC) are also available (maximum of $3,000).

Post-Doctoral & New Investigator Support
The PIKE-Net program helps support new faculty and recent doctoral graduates as they establish their research careers.

Summer Institutes
Building on the legacy of the ACADRE-NEAHR program, a two-day annual mentorship institute will be held at the end of August, hosted by one partner universities, on rotation. This symposium will bring mentors and mentees from both PIKE-Net and QESP programs, to discuss issues of common interest or concern, and develop new or expand existing skills. As part of this institute, program mentors will present on topics related to skill building for mentees at all academic levels. For example, how to do a literature review for undergraduate students or grant writing for post docs and new investigators. In addition, mentees will have the opportunity to present their work and receive feedback from mentors, fellow mentees, and community members. These presentations will also be video-linked with international partners from the QESP and/or taped for later viewing.