Indigenous Health


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At the Anisnabe Kekendazone (original knowledge) Network Environment for Aboriginal Health Research (AK-NEAHR), we aim to build capacity for health research and planning in Aboriginal communities across Canada. We do this by supporting Aboriginal health researchers through fellowships and seed grants at masters, doctoral and post-doctoral levels, and by encouraging strong community leadership and participation in all research initiatives.
Our network hosts the Inuit Institute for Research and Planning, the first Inuit-oriented academic effort of its kind in Canada. We also help Aboriginal health researchers take part in national and international research collaborations relevant to the well-being of Aboriginal communities and attuned to their worldview.

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Action Canada Indigenous People Health

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Dates: 2017-2020          

Members: Alex McComber, Neil Andersson        

Funder: CIHR SPOR network Diabetes

Tuberculosis in Nunavik

Development and piloting of culturally safe training programs for community health workers.

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The incidence of tuberculosis among Inuit has increased over the last two decades. In 2017 it was 400-times the incidence of the non-indigenous Canadian population. Following the recommendations from the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), the project aims to increase the involvement of community health workers (CHW) in tuberculosis care and prevention. In this collaborative research project, the Inuit health authority of Nunavik—the Nunangat region within the province of Quebec—working with community members, stakeholders, and university-based researchers, will: co-create a vision for the role of CHWs in TB care and prevention in Nunavik; co-develop a CHW educational programme based on Inuit ways of teaching and learning; and implement and evaluate the educational approach and the CHW programme.

PI: Dr. Faiz Ahmad Khan.

Dates 2020-2024

Funder: CIHR Project Grant


Tratt E, Sarmiento I, Gamelin R, Nayoumealuk J, Andersson N, Brassard P. Fuzzy cognitive mapping with Inuit women: what needs to change to improve cervical cancer screening in Nunavik, northern Quebec? BMC Health Serv Res [Internet]. 2020;20:529. Available from:

Community Mobilization Training for Diabetes Prevention:

Implementation and scale-up of a best practice training model for diverse Indigenous communities

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Adapting cervical cancer screening strategies for Inuit women of Nunavik.

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Cervical cancer incidence and mortality rates are up to three times higher than the Canadian average. Although cervical cancer is preventable through regular screening, important barriers continue to restrict Inuit women’s access to these services. PRAM supported the application of fuzzy cognitive mapping to engage Inuit women in the understanding of what needs to change to increase regular screening among communities in Nunavik.

PI: Dr. Paul Brassard

Partners: Lady Davis Institute

Dates: 2020-2024

Members: Neil Andersson, Ivan Sarmiento

Funder: CIHR Project Grant


Network Environments for Indigenous Health Research

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“The Canadian Institutes of Health Research supports health research that addresses the specific health needs of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, and aims to improve the health of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples through the assertion of Indigenous understandings of health and by fostering innovative community-based and scientifically excellent research.”

Pi: Dr. Treena Delormier.

Partners: Department of Nutrition, McGill University,

Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project

Members: Neil Andersson, Alex McComber

Dates: 2019-2024

Funder: CIHR.

Quebec Indigenous Mentorship Network

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Teionkwaienawa:kon is one of 8 networks across Canada funded by the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR). The Quebec Network brings together Quebec-based Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers from 6 Quebec-based universities, Indigenous organizations and knowledge users to create a province-wide network where Indigenous students can acquire research skills and knowledge in health research and Indigenous health research and Indigenous ways-of-doing.
Teionkwaienawa:kon recognizes that there fewer Indigenous students and scholars in Quebec post-secondary institutions than in other provinces; we are committed to support Indigenous students with conventional and non-conventional mentorship opportunities through experiential learning opportunities, summer institutes, and e-mentoring opportunities.

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Université de Montréal
Université Laval
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue
Université du Québec à Montréal
Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project

Dates: 2018 – 2022

Members: Alex McComber, Neil Andersson (PI)


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