Message from Dr. Carrie Bourassa – Congratulations to the Recipients of the Indigenous COVID-19 Rapid Research Funding Opportunity

I am very pleased to announce the results of the Indigenous COVID-19 Rapid Research Funding Opportunity. There are 13 successful grants in total, including five Knowledge Synthesis Grants and eight Evaluation and Assessment Grants, representing a CIHR investment of over $2 million. The 13 projects focus on a wide range of topics and use diverse methods, forming a strong base to study and understand the experiences of First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and Urban Indigenous communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The research, which is bold, innovative and Indigenous community-led will address the consequences of COVID-19 and inform future preparedness. The findings will be used by Indigenous communities, researchers and decision-makers. Congratulations to all of the recipients!

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

Project details

Evaluation and Assessment Grants

Nominated Principal Investigator Project Amount
Brittany Bingham
University of British Columbia
Towards Culturally Safe and Equitable Sexual, Reproductive Health and Justice for Indigenous cis and trans Women and 2SLGBTQ+ peoples in the context of COVID-19: Amplifying the Voices of gender diverse Indigenous women $199,158
Wendy Gifford
University of Ottawa
Developing wise practices for a culturally safe rapid public health response to COVID-19 with Pikwàkanagàn First Nation $200,000
Tarun Katapally
University of Regina
CO-Away: Evaluation of a digital platform for Indigenous self-governance, determination, and data sovereignty $200,000
Stephane McLachlan
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB
kitatipithitamak mithwayawin: Evaluating impacts of an existing Indigenous-led project on COVID-19, which includes past work on risk communication, present work on digital health, and a future international gathering for impacted Indigenous communities around the world $200,000
Michael Parkins
University of Calgary
Proof of concept of wastewater-based surveillance for SARS-COV2 to mitigate secondary COVID-19 disease transmission in First Nations in Alberta $200,000
Pamela Roach
University of Calgary
Enhancing Indigenous Health as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Developing Indigenous Patient Experience Indicators of High Quality Virtual Primary Care $199,321
Jenny Rowett
University of New Brunswick
Evaluating COVID-19 Mental Health and Child Welfare Supports at the Under One Sky Friendship Centre in Fredericton, New Brunswick $199,911
Chaneesa Ryan
Native Women's Association of Canada
Impacts of COVID-19 on Virtual Elder-led Supports for Survivors of Violence: Participatory Approaches to Response, Evaluation, and Recovery $199,970

Knowledge Synthesis Grants

Nominated Principal Investigator Project Amount
Christopher Fletcher
Université Laval
How Indigenous communities in Quebec responded to COVID-19: A synthesis of community-level asset mobilization during the first wave of the pandemic $99,184
Renee Masching
Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network
An Environmental Scan of Service Adaptations in Community-Based Harm Reduction Services for Indigenous Peoples in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic $100,000
Travis Salway
Simon Fraser University
Kloshe Tillicum: Creating trustworthy and culturally meaningful public health guidance to address COVID-19 in Indigenous communities $96,692
Darren Warburton
University of British Columbia
Enhancing culturally-safe ways for community wholistic health and wellness aspirations during COVID-19 $99,324
Dennis Wendt
McGill University
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on substance use problems and services: Knowledge synthesis with Indigenous Nations and organizations $100,000
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