Government invests $8M to establish cross-country mentorship network for First Nations, Inuit and Métis health researchers
OTTAWA,June 28, 2017 /CNW/ - When the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) issued its 94 calls to action in the pursuit of reconciliation, health was an important theme. In particular,
As one means of addressing the shortage of Indigenous health professionals in Canada, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, announced today that the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) are investing $8M to form a cross-country mentorship network for First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples considering a career in health research.
The Indigenous Mentorship Network Program aims to support the next generation of Indigenous health researchers by providing distinctive learning opportunities and specially tailored mentoring activities to Indigenous students at the undergraduate, master's, doctoral and post-doctoral levels, as well as Indigenous researchers in the beginning phase of their careers.
"I am proud to announce the launch of this network to help build capacity for the next generation of Indigenous health researchers. In working towards reconciliation, it is vital that we break down barriers and provide more opportunities for Indigenous peoples to enter careers in the health field. This will also help us reach our goal of delivering health services that are culturally appropriate, building trust and encouraging Indigenous peoples to access the health care system."
The Honourable Jane PhilpottMinister of Health
"This investment is an acknowledgment both of the great potential of our Indigenous early career investigators and of the importance of passing on knowledge from one generation to the next. The ripples that we are creating today supporting young Indigenous investigators will be felt for years to come."
Dr. Carrie BourassaScientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health
At the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), we know that research has the power to change lives. As Canada's health research investment agency, we collaborate with partners and researchers to support the discoveries and innovations that improve our health and strengthen our health care system.
SOURCE Canadian Institutes of Health Research
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