Acknowledgement Update – Action Plan: Building a healthier future for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples

June 22, 2020

Aanii, Greetings, Hello,

Over the past few months, many aspects of our lives have changed. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health (IIPH) have faced challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have had to redirect our capacity and resources to play a significant role in the whole-of-Canada response to COVID-19 while continuing to build on our ongoing engagements with Indigenous communities.

This has, in turn, caused us to delay the presentation of the 2019-2020 Progress Update - Action Plan: Building a healthier future for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples until Fall 2020. Rest assured that we continue to focus on strengthening governance and leadership, increasing community-based research, and ensuring an appropriate research response regarding COVID-19 in Indigenous communities. As co-champions of the Action Plan, we look forward to reaffirming our commitment to Indigenous Health Research (IHR) through the Fall update and to building on the progress accomplished to date.

Miigwetch, merci, thank you for your dedication to the health and well-being of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples as we move forward through this health crisis.

Dr. Carrie Bourassa
Scientific Director
CIHR Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health

Dr. Tammy J. Clifford
Vice-President, Research Programs
Canadian Institutes of Health Research

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