Addressing health inequities experienced by First Nations, Metis, and Inuit is the responsibility of all Canadians. This framework is intended to provide positive pathways to support all who want to contribute towards this objective.
Ongomiizwin - Research Support Unit/Research Navigation Services
One of the main functions of the Ongomiizwin - Research is the Support Unit. Although membership is free, Research Navigation Services are offered to all participating members, on a fee for service basis. These services may include assistance with relationship building, ethics submissions, research assistant time, office space, IT services, and/or grant administration.
Ongomiizwin - Research Mentorship Program
Since 2001, Ongomiizwin - Research has operated an extensive student mentorship program to foster the development of interest and expertise in First Nations, Metis and Inuit health research. Ongomiizwin - Research maintains relationships with a cadre of faculty mentors who are committed to support First Nations, Métis, Inuit students interested in graduate work and research, and in all students interested in collaborative First Nations, Métis and Inuit health research.
Ongomiizwin - Research Membership Program
A key role for Ongomiizwin - Research is to support new and established researchers in including research questions of relevance to First Nations, Métis and Inuit in their programs of research; in developing relationships and partnerships; with research navigation, etc. Ongomiizwin - Research welcomes researchers who are interested and involved in research aimed at improving the health of First Nations, Métis, Inuit, and Indigenous populations to become members of Ongomiizwin - Research.
Researchers engaged in First Nations, Métis, 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 in this regard. Examples include:
- how to purchase tobacco, fulfill ceremonial and relationship-building obligations (hosting a feast for example) given new university policies;
- 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; and
- for new researchers wanting to assist First Nations, Metis and Inuit in addressing their own research priorities, how to approach political organizations or community, who to talk to, etc.
In general, eligibility for membership is involvement and commitment to partnership-based First Nations, Metis, Inuit and/or Indigenous health research. For more information, please see our Membership page on this site or contact our office.
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.