NEARBC: 3 Nodes Make One • Health of Populations Network funded by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and the CIHR • Three Nodes: University of British Columbia University of Northern British Columbia University of Victoria
NEAR BC Vision Our vision as an Aboriginal Research Network is to improve and enhance the health and well-being of Aboriginal peoples in British Columbia.
Our Goal as a Network • Connect researchers, Aboriginal and other community members, government, provincial health authorities and students • We do this by offering: • Membership in NEARBC • Website • Searchable Members’ Health Abstract Database • Weekly E-news • Downloadable Products
Members Database • General Search: • You may search by entering keywords, names, or any other information present in a member's record • Find this at: http://www.nearbc.ca/search/
Demystifying the CIHR Guidelines for Health Research Involving Aboriginal Peoples Workshop • March 31, 2009 10:00-3:00pm OR via WEBEX • WORKSHOP SUMMARY: The workshop will focus on the CIHR Guidelines for Health Research Involving Aboriginal Peoples. These Guidelines have been prepared to assist researchers and institutions in carrying out ethical and culturally competent research involving Aboriginal people. The intent is to promote health through research that is in keeping with Aboriginal values and traditions. The Guidelines will assist in developing research partnerships that will facilitate and encourage mutually beneficial and culturally competent research. The Guidelines will also promote ethics review that enables and facilitates rather than suppresses or obstructs research.
Northern Health- 3rd Annual Research DaysMay 4, 5 and 6, 2009 Fort St John, BC • WHO SHOULD ATTEND? • Healthcare professionals and service providers • Health and social science researchers • Community health service agency workers • Community researchers & evaluators • Aboriginal health organization workers • Students in health care programs • Participants are welcome to attend some or all of the sessions. • (Some sessions will be available via webconference for those unable to travel.)
What is NEARBC? One NEARBC member describes the Network………. • “Reminds me of a kitchen in a home. The hub of the house/family” • Margo Greenwood describes NEARBC as a table, “We set the table for our members”.
Next Steps • Continue listening to communities • Provide communities and researchers with opportunities to interact • Facilitate grant development through workshops like the one today
Aboriginal Health “If you heal a child, you will heal a family. If you heal a family, you will heal a community. And if you heal a community, you will heal a Nation.” Ovid Mercredi
Questions?Erin RobinsonUniversity of Northern British Columbia3333 University WayPrince George, BC V2N 4Z9CanadaTel: 250.960.6680Fax: 250.960.5644Website: http://nearbc.ca
Dr. Sarah de Leeuw • Dr. Sarah de Leeuw is an Associate professor for the Northern Medical Program at UNBC. Dr de Leeuw’s research is situated, broadly, at the intersection of cultural and historical geography. It draws heavily from ongoing discussions in (post)colonial theory and writings by Indigenous theorists, artists, and writers. Her research with the Northern Medical Program and the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health aims to expand understandings about colonialism (past and present), particularly as it was undertaken geographically, as a social determinant of Aboriginal peoples’ health.
Travis Holyk • TRAVIS HOLYK is the Director of Research and Policy Development for Carrier Sekani Family Services, an organization responsible for health, social and legal services for First Nations people of the Carrier and Sekani territory. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Northern British Columbia, the institution where he completed his MA in First Nations Studies. Travis is currently completing his Doctorate in Education at Simon Fraser University and has conducted a considerable amount of research into social issues including health, justice and social research for the Carrier and Northern Secwepemc nations.