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CIHR Operating Grants – Winter 2013 Priority Announcements

Application Deadline: March 1, 2013

For this launch of CIHR’s Open Operating Grants competition, the Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health Priority Announcements will focus on two new key areas: Aboriginal Ways of Knowing, and the Application of the “Two-Eyed Seeing” model to Aboriginal Health. The amount available for each of these funding opportunities is $1.2M ($2.4M total). The maximum amount awarded for a single grant is $200,000 per annum for up to three (3) years.

Aboriginal Ways of Knowing

IAPH will provide funding for applications that are relevant to Aboriginal Knowledge and Ways of Knowing as applied to health, wellness and/or resilience.

IAPH broadly views Aboriginal knowledge and Ways of Knowing as complex and contextual. It includes knowledge of and experience with healing practices both ceremonial and physical, such as herbal treatments. Some practices are known externally, while others are closely held within a small circle of knowledge holders.

Aboriginal Knowledge and Ways of Knowing include the concepts of health, wholeness and resilience, and approaches to wellness and healing. For example, the attainment and maintenance of wellness, including mental, emotional and spiritual health, is often based on Aboriginal teachings and ceremony, which provide a basis for posi­tive self-image and healthy identity. Aboriginal herbal treatments, including the ceremony of their application, are valued in dealing with many chronic conditions including diabetes and arthritis. Indigenous knowledge of the land and its ecology helps sustain health for many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

Applying the “Two-Eyed Seeing” Model to Aboriginal Health

IAPH will provide funding for applications that are determined to be relevant to the application of the concept of “Two-Eyed Seeing”, as put forward by Mi’kmaq Elder Albert Marshall. The Institute is interested in funding projects using the Two-Eyed Seeing approach in any area relevant to its mandate.

Two-Eyed Seeing recognizes the benefits of seeing from one eye with the strengths of Indigenous ways of knowing, and to see from the other eye with the strengths of Western ways of knowing, and finally to use both of these eyes together. Projects that have a Two- Eyed Seeing approach will be considered eligible under this Priority Announcement.

The IAPH mandate is to foster the advancement of a national health research agenda to improve and promote the health of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada, through research, knowledge translation and capacity building. The Institute’s pursuit of research excellence is enhanced by respect for community research priorities and Indigenous knowledge, values and cultures.