Funding Success

Ruby Peterson is the co-prinicpal investigator with Helen Brown (Ruby’s CGSM mentor) on a recently announced CIHR funded Planning Grant entitled “Indigenous Knowledge-Centred Practices and Mental Health Equity: Community Research Dialogue and Planning”. The application builds on Ruby’s CGSM supported trainee project. Congratulations!

Here is the abstract from the CIHR funding decisions site:

Engaging in research dialogue and planning to develop community-engaged partnerships is essential for avoiding the harmful effects of research historically experienced by Aboriginal people and for tackling the current mental health crisis in rural First Nations communities.

Indigenous communities worldwide are currently in the process of reclaiming rights to their own knowledge production and preservation within and beyond the specific domain of health and health care. The National Aboriginal Health Organization and Aboriginal Health research scholars in Canada are advocating for ‘decolonizing’ research, which includes questioning the assumption that Western knowledge and science can effectively guide health research, policy and knowledge translation in local Indigenous Canadian contexts. Community-engaged research that fosters Indigenous approach to inquiry, health policy and planning are warranted to provide solutions to complex socially rooted mental health inequities, such a suicide and substance use.

Lacking, however, are research approaches that put Indigenous knowledge, teachings and values at the centre of mental health research. This planning grant will be use for a Roundtable in each of four communities to (1) engage Kwakwaka’wakw Chiefs, Elders and youth as stakeholders in dialogue about Indigenous approaches to mental health research in their communities and (2) develop recommendations for implementing a health research and policy framework for Indigenous knowledge centred mental health and wellness for Northern Vancouver Island.

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