In 2001, the University of Manitoba, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, and the Foundations for Health joined together to create the Centre for Aboriginal Health Research (CAHR). It replaced a research group known as the Northern Health Research Unit, which was created in 1986. CAHR, which became known as the Manitoba First Nations Centre for Aboriginal Health Research (MFN CAHR) in 2006, is known nationally and internationally for promoting research excellence through the support and development of partnership-based health research with First Nations, Metis, Inuit, and/or Indigenous communities in Manitoba, Canada, and the world.
In 2017 the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, under the Vice-Dean Indigenous portfolio, launched Ongomiizwin – Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing.
The institute brings together at the Faculty level three units that were formerly part of the Max Rady College of Medicine: the Manitoba First Nations Centre for Aboriginal Health Research, the Centre for Aboriginal Health Education and the J.A. Hildes Northern Medical Unit.
These units have been renamed Ongomiizwin – Research, Ongomiizwin – Education, and Ongomiizwin – Health Services.
Ongomiizwin – Research is a centre of research excellence. We remain centrally committed to building and maintaining productive and respectful partnership-based relationships with First Nations, Metis, Inuit and Indigenous communities, to recruiting Indigenous students and scholars, to providing effective support and mentorship, and to sharing and building knowledge internationally. Our key objectives are