Anisnabe Kekendazone Network Environment for Aboriginal Health Research

1 Stewart Street, Room 319
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5
Telephone: 1 613 562 5393
Fax: 1 613 562 5392

About us

At the Anisnabe Kekendazone (original knowledge) Network Environment for Aboriginal Health Research (AK-NEAHR), we aim to build capacity for health research and planning in Aboriginal communities across Canada. We do this by supporting Aboriginal health researchers through fellowships and seed grants at masters, doctoral and post-doctoral levels, and by encouraging strong community leadership and participation in all research initiatives.

Our network hosts the Inuit Institute for Research and Planning, the first Inuit-oriented academic effort of its kind in Canada. We also help Aboriginal health researchers take part in national and international research collaborations relevant to the well-being of Aboriginal communities and attuned to their worldview.

Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research-Institute of Aboriginal People’s Health, nine NEARH centres form a national network that helps to increase the impact of Aboriginal health research in Canada. CIETcanada, partnered with 52 researchers from the Universities of Ottawa, Montréal, McGill, Carleton, Queen's and Alberta, and from several Aboriginal organizations across Canada, runs the AK-NEAHR until 2012.

Since it's inception in 2002, the AK-NEAHR has funded more than 30 Masters and PhD students and invested over $10 million in successful research grants.

An all-Aboriginal advisory board reviews all research proposals and decides on funding, with technical input from CIET and its academic partners. The board is made up of the five national Aboriginal organizations: Assembly of First Nations (AFN), Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP), Métis National Council (MNC), Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) and Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC).

Research Focus

Our network features research linking modern science and Aboriginal knowledge, with a focus on community-based resilience and primary prevention of HIV/AIDS, gender and domestic violence, and diabetes and related conditions. 

We put a strong emphasis on cultural safety, community leadership, and capacity building for research and planning. Knowledge translation and exchange with communities, policy makers and health services is a key component of all AK-funded projects.  

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