June is National Indigenous History Month: a path to improved relationships with the Can-SOLVE CKD Network

In June, we commemorate National Indigenous History Month. During this month, take time to recognize the rich history, heritage, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples across Canada. The CDTRP seeks to increase equity, diversity and inclusion in all of its activities, including research, education and career development, patient, family and donor partnerships, and network management.

The CDTRP is hosted by the University of Alberta, which respectfully acknowledges that it is located on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional gathering place for diverse Indigenous peoples including the Cree, Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/Saulteaux/Anishinaabe, Inuit, and many others whose histories, languages, and cultures continue to influence our vibrant community.

To mark this month, the Can-SOLVE CKD Network is hosting a special webinar that will introduce a new learning tool for enhancing relationships between researchers and Indigenous peoples.

The webinar is scheduled for Friday, June 17 at 12:00 pm EDT and will highlight the work of the Indigenous Peoples’ Engagement and Research Council (IPERC), including the newly launched Wabishki Bizhiko Skaanj Learning Pathway. This webinar is free and open to all.

Wabishki Bizhiko Skaanj Learning Pathway

Wabishki Bizhiko Skaanj (wah-bish-kih biish-ih-goo skaa-nch) aims to enhance researchers’ knowledge and awareness of racial biases, Indigenous voices and stories, the impact of colonization on Indigenous health, and culturally safe health research practices. The learning pathway comprises existing resources in addition to original components developed by the Can-SOLVE CKD Network. To learn more, visit their website here.

Learning tools to enhance relationships between researchers and Indigenous peoples
  • Supporting Each Other’s JourneyLand Acknowledgment Learning Series. A four-part webinar series and guidebook to help researchers and other members of the public understand the importance of acknowledging traditional territories. (Learn more)

  • Kairos Blanket Exercise: An interactive simulation of colonization’s impact on Canada’s Indigenous peoples. (Learn more)

  • San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training: An eight-hour, self-directed online course in Indigenous cultural safety. (Learn more)

  • Indigenous Research Ethics and Protocols: A three-part webinar series examining ethical principles of engagement with Indigenous peoples in health research. (Listen to the webinar with Dr. Malcolm King)

  • Knowledge Keepers in Research: A virtual guidebook that aims to create a culturally safe space for researchers, patient partners and Knowledge Keepers to come together. It will encourage researchers to honour various forms of knowledge alongside Indigenous Knowledge Keepers and help them translate those teachings into practice. (Learn more)

  • Training and Certification: Opportunities to pursue additional training and certification, such as the First Nations principles of ownership, control, access, and possession – more commonly known as OCAP and Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans known as TCPS-2.

  • Cultural Capacity Knowledge Bundle: A collection of multimedia resources used to support the user on their cultural competency journey. (Learn more)