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Indigenous‑Academic Collaboration Aims on Transforming Health Research in Mi’kma’ki, Labrador and Beyond – Dal News

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research have awarded $100.8 million dollars over 16 years to nine new Indigenous health research networks across Canada. This represents the largest single investment in Indigenous health research in Canadian history. One of these networks, The Wabanaki-Labrador Indigenous Health Research Network (WLN) will be hosted at Dalhousie University in partnership with Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqiyik, Inuit and Innu communities and organizations and with academic institutions stretching across all four Atlantic provinces.

The WLN aims to build and improve capacity for Indigenous-led and Indigenous-governed health research in the region. Focussing its efforts on supporting Indigenous communities and organizations to advance their own health research priorities, this new network represents an opportunity for transformative change to Indigenous health research in the region.

“As we move ever further on the path of reconciliation in Canada, it is important to recognize the knowledge and rights that Indigenous people hold in relation to health research. Southern science and research partnerships have their place. The Wabanaki-Labrador Indigenous Health Research Network is an opportunity for Indigenous peoples to strengthen health research capacity and explore research opportunities that give strength to holistic, Indigenous cultures and practices,” says Michele Wood an Inuk Researcher/Evaluator with the Nunatsiavut Government and one of the key partners in the formation of the WLN.

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