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PEKEs grants will help translate research into new health benefits for First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities

July 11, 2014 – Ottawa -- Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Today, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, announced funding for three recipients of the Partners for Engagement and Knowledge Exchange (PEKEs) grants through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's (CIHR) Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal Peoples (or Pathways) signature initiative. The overall goal of Pathways is to promote health equity among First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in four key areas: suicide prevention, obesity and diabetes, tuberculosis, and oral health.

Through $25 million in funding support, Pathways research will create an evidence base that supports the design and implementation of health interventions in the four areas listed above. The research will also identify how these interventions can be adopted by First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities across Canada by respecting their cultures and traditional knowledge. PEKEs grant recipients will play an important role in facilitating the knowledge exchange effort between researchers and Aboriginal peoples' communities and organizations through the establishment and promotion of ongoing communication, and cultural integration activities.  

The recipients of the PEKEs funding, selected by an international peer review panel, will receive approximately $1 million a year each over a five year period. The successful recipients are:

Quick Facts

  • In 2012, the Government of Canada launched Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal Peoples (or Pathways) as a long-term Aboriginal health research initiative.
  • At the core of Pathways is a focus on finding ways to increase and adapt existing health research to the diverse needs of Aboriginal communities (where values, traditional knowledge, and history vary greatly).
  • Today's PEKEs grants complement the other funding components of Pathways including Implementation Research Teams (IRTs), Applied Public Health Chairs (Chairs), and Population Health Intervention Research (PHIR).

Quotes

“Our Government is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of First Nations, Métis and Inuit. Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal Peoples ensures that the research is connected to the community to find meaningful solutions. By funding these three recipients and their collaborators, we will help translate health information that considers traditional practices and culture.”
Honourable Rona Ambrose
Minister of Health

“This investment is an important step towards improving the health of Canada's indigenous populations. Pathways aims at finding new ways of implementing interventions that will help fight suicide, obesity and diabetes, tuberculosis, and oral health problems in First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities. The three PEKEs recipients will facilitate this process, by ensuring that knowledge exchange between researchers and residents of these communities incorporates and respects their traditional knowledge.”
Dr. Alain Beaudet
President, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

“The Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) is very pleased that the project submitted for funding to CIHR's Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal Peoples – Partners for Engagement and Knowledge (PEKEs) has been approved. Working in collaboration with partners and a research team, this project will, through a culturally-relevant gender based framework, explore and identify traditional and non-traditional health care models that can complement western science to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal people.”
Claudette Dumont-Smith
Executive Director
Native Women's Association of Canada

“The First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba (FNHSSM) (as proposed by the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs), was the only regional body to be chosen as a Partners for Engagement and Knowledge Exchange (PEKEs) because of the outstanding outreach and relationships established across Canada and internationally. In collaboration with these partners, we are committed to moving from promising practices to knowledge exchange and action in communities.”
Leona Star
Research Associate
Coordinator of Manitoba Regional Health Survey (RHS) &
Regional Education, Employment and Early Childhood Development Survey (REEES)
Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

“This funding is an important first step in developing a better understanding about the health of the urban Aboriginal population. In an effort to ensure that research outcomes are relevant and meaningful to urban Aboriginal communities, the NAFC-PEKE will support and develop research and knowledge translation capacity among 119 geographically and culturally diverse Friendship Centres across the country.”
Jeff Cyr
Executive Director of the National Association of Friendship Centres

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The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's health research investment agency. CIHR's mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened health care system for Canadians. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 13,200 health researchers and trainees across Canada.


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