This Case Study is produced in collaboration with the Native Women Association of Canada (NWAC)
In July 2016, NWAC announced that it was now recognized as an eligible institution to administer health research grant and funds from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). NWAC is now able to apply directly for CIHR health research funding opportunities and hold research grants and award funds.
With this new designation, Aboriginal communities can collaborate with NWAC to engage in Aboriginal women’s health research that is of interest and a priority to them. NWAC is dedicated to promoting and developing research in a way that encourages self-determination and community-driven research participation of Aboriginals in remote, rural and urban communities across Canada. The next step is for the project to acquire the NWAC’s Board of Directors approval.
NWAC’s aim is to generate knowledge from evidence based research and turn the knowledge into actionable activities that will help improve Aboriginal Women’s health and well-being and trickle down to the family.
The Idea Connector Network (ICN) has accepted to collaborate with NWAC in this case study because in our opinion the creation of an Aboriginal Women’s Health Research Centre is an idea that has the potential of being a true game changer in the lives of Aboriginal women and their families.
Objectives of this Case Study
To produce a framework on which to build the implementation plan, process and resource schedule needed for the creation of NWAC Aboriginal Women’s Health Research Centre.
To identify the needs, wants and priorities of the Aboriginal Women’s Health Research Centre
To generate awareness in the Aboriginal community, in academia (targeting Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Researchers), Government Departments, selected Private Sector Corporations, Health Organizations, Federal Elected Officials, and with the Media.
To get a sense of various audiences’ perception on the creation of an Aboriginal Women’s Health Research Centre.