This report provides a third interim update on progress made to close the gaps in health between First Nations and other British Columbians, in accordance with targets and indicators set out in the Transformative Change Accord: Tripartite First Nations Health Plan.
In December 2010, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada jointly released the 2nd edition of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS).
With this publication, research involving First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada will now be governed by the provisions outlined in Chapter 9 of the TCPS and by any codes of research practice established by Aboriginal communities themselves.
"FNIGC Data Online is a new online service from the First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC), Canada’s premier source of information about First Nations people living on reserve and in northern communities. It provides unprecedented access to FNIGC’s published data in the form of charts, tables and graphs that can be exported for use in presentations, reports and academic papers, beginning with the First Nations Regional Health Survey."
The INCHR is a voluntary network of individual researchers, research trainees, and supporters of research based in academic research centres, Indigenous people’s organizations, regional health authorities, scientific/professional associations, and government agencies, who share the goal of improving the health of the residents of the circumpolar regions through international cooperation in scientific research.
For the purposes of our collaboration, we define “circumpolar” and “health research” as follows:
Circumpolar: descriptive term, referring to the geographic region comprising all countries bordering the Arctic Ocean; usually but not exclusively pertaining to the Arctic and Subarctic ecological zones, encompassing both Indigenous and non-indigenous populations; individuals conducting human health research in Antarctica are also welcome to join us.
The IGOV research protocol complements UVic's Human Research Ethics Policy by recognizing its responsibility to address the need for an institutional protocol for both staff and students for conducting research involving Indigenous participants.
The protocol upholds the program's commitment to the principles of the Coast Salish people by acknowledging Indigenous values and ownership in the research design; open, direct and transparent methods and the full consent and collaboration of the people involved in the research. The IGOV protocol reaffirms Indigenous peoples' right to participate in and enjoy society's benefits including those that might result from research and Indigenous involvement in research activities.
"The UNM Center for Native American Health (CNAH) at the University of New Mexico's Health Sciences Center (UNMHSC) was established in 2002 to build and strengthen health alliances between Native American communities and the University, for the overall purpose of improving Native American health in New Mexico. CNAH has established strong networks with tribal communities, based on principles of consultation and collaboration in all aspects of public health policy, research and service provision. CNAH has also been a vigorous advocate of tribal and Indigenous values and perspectives within UNM and HSC. CNAH’s cross-cutting theme of Native American student development in the health professions is the responsibility of CNAH’s all Indian faculty and staff who collectively create a physically, culturally, socially and academically supportive student environment."