Mentorship program aims to support Indigenous health researchers – U Calgary Today

Network part of nationwide initiative to recruit and retain First Nation, Inuit and Métis scholars

The University of Calgary is partnering with institutions across Alberta for a unique mentorship program to bolster supports for Indigenous scholars in health research. The Alberta Indigenous Mentorship in Health Innovation Network (AIM-HI Network) will build a community of support around students with connections to their peers, elders or other knowledge keepers.

“It hasn’t been easy learning how to walk in two worlds, two ideological worldviews. And my struggle as an Indigenous learner is finding a safe place to be who I am and to be supported in my cultural values and knowledge,” says Pearl Yellow Old Woman, a PhD candidate in community health sciences who has signed up to be a mentee.

The AIM-HI Network is part of a nationwide effort to increase the ranks of First Nation, Inuit and Métis scholars by providing new and expanded opportunities for mentees to succeed in health research careers.

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