1. Ongomiizwin - Research Support Unit/Research Navigation Services
Through Ongomiizwin - Research Support Unit, Research Navigation Services are offered to all participating members, on a fee for service basis. Researchers engaged in First Nations, Metis, Inuit, and Indigenous health research face an array of challenges related to navigating the funder-university-Indigenous community interface. Our members will enjoy the benefit of drawing from our expertise and infrastructure in this regard. These services may include relationship building, ethics submissions, research assistant time, office space, IT services, and/or grant administration.
Examples include assistance regarding:
• how to purchase tobacco, fulfill ceremonial and relationship-building obligations (hosting a feast for example) given new university policies;
• for new researchers wanting to assist First Nations, Metis, Inuit and/or Indigenous peoples in addressing their own research priorities, how to approach political organizations or community, who to talk to, etc.
• how to frame the demands on partnership-based research when applying for tenure and promotion, when university guidelines do not recognize engaged scholarship as a legitimate form of scholarship;
• navigating university- and community-based ethics protocols;
• research assistant time;
• office space;
• IT services;
• grant administration
2. Ongomiizwin - Research Mentorship Program
One of our key goals is to develop mutually beneficial relationships between community- or university-based researchers and students or research assistants who share common research interests. Since 2001, Ongomiizwin - Research has operated an extensive student mentorship program to foster the development of interest and expertise in First Nations, Metis, Inuit and Indigenous health research. Ongomiizwin - Research maintains relationships with a cadre of faculty mentors who are committed to support First Nations, Metis, Inuit and Indigenous students and research assistants interested in graduate work and research, and in all students and research assistants interested in collaborative First Nations, Metis, Inuit and/or Indigenous health research.
Ongomiizwin - Research currently manages a scholarship program funded by the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships, which offers Canadian students the opportunity to undertake research in commonwealth countries for a minimum period of 3 months. We will grant 75 such scholarships over the next 4 years.
3. Ongomiizwin - Research Membership Program
Ongomiizwin - Research welcomes researchers who are interested and involved in research aimed at improving the health of First Nations, Metis, Inuit, and/or Indigenous populations to become members of Ongomiizwin - Research.
A key role for Ongomiizwin - Research is to support new and established researchers in:
• including research questions of relevance to First Nations, Metis, Inuit and/or Indigenous peoples in their programs of research
• developing relationships and partnerships First Nations, Metis, Inuit, and Indigenous individuals, communities, researchers, and organizations
• research navigation, etc.
In general, eligibility for membership is involvement and commitment to partnership-based First Nations, Metis, Inuit and/or Indigenous health research.
4. Commissioned Research
From time to time, Ongomiizwin - Research will communicate opportunities for sponsored research to its membership, and coordinate sponsored research of relevance to First Nations, Metis, Inuit, Manitoba Health, the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada, and other stakeholders. Ongomiizwin - Research will extend to its members opportunities to engage in commissioned research as available, based on the skills and expertise required by the study.
• Each project will have a Principal Investigator who is a member of Ongomiizwin - Research
• Each PI will report to the Director (on operational requirements and issues relevant to the Centre). This individual is responsible for insuring the operation of the project remains consistent with the Ongomiizwin - Research criteria.
• All contracts will be administered through Ongomiizwin - Research.
• All residual funds from completed Research Contracts will remain under the authority and use of the Centre.
• All Research Projects must submit their individual Ethics approval submissions to the Director for review prior to submitting to the University of Manitoba Health Research Ethics Board.