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We are working with Indigenous youth, Elders, and members of the community to create a program that will identify and prioritize topics on health and wellness. The program will be created for the youth, by the youth, and will include stakeholders’ point of views. All members involved in the project will have the opportunity to provide guidance and direction in identifying health and wellness concerns of Indigenous youth. (Read more…)


 The CARE Project

The CARE Project (Caring And Responding in Edmonton) is a four-year study with community partners to assess the experience of accessing health and wellness services in Edmonton, with a focus on the city’s most vulnerable populations. (Read more…)


 CCSRI Knowledge to Action: Fort Good Hope & Inuvik

The CCSRI Knowledge to Action: Fort Good Hope & Inuvik project aims to transform knowledge, gained from the IGHRG’s Cancer ACCESS project, into action by developing and evaluating a culturally appropriate education program in order to improve cancer screening services uptake among Northern Canada’s Indigenous peoples. (Read more…)


50+, Seniors & Elders Health Survey – CAPRICORN

Indigenous seniors are one of the fastest growing age groups in the Northwest Territories and one of Canada’s most vulnerable peoples, yet there is little literature on the health of this group. The CAPRICORN project aims to assess Indigenous seniors’ perspectives on health, their existing and prevalent conditions, as well as their experience with healthcare and the availability of healthcare to them. (Read more…)


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Together with Inuit and Inuvialuit communities, our program, Healthy Foods North (HFN), aimed to reduce the risk of chronic disease and improve dietary intake in the North. Diet and disease risk can be improved by creating and putting into practice a program that addresses the specific needs of each community and incorporates traditional cultural values. (Read more…)



Cancer is one of the leading causes of death among Indigenous people living in Northern Canada. However, among this population, use of cancer screening services is low and particularly in the most remote communities where there are limited health services and facilities. Screening for cancer can lead to earlier detection and a more favorable prognosis. For these reasons, the Cancer ACCESS Project aims to learn of the thoughts and attitudes toward cancer and cancer screening among Indigenous people living in remote Arctic communities. (Read more...)

City of Edmonton Nutrition Workshops

In collaboration with the City of Edmonton’s Family and Community Support Services Program, the Indigenous and Global Health Research Group partnered with community organizations throughout the city to support healthy food and nutrition services provided to the most vulnerable populations. (Read more…)


Maternal Health Project

Indigenous women living in the Canadian Arctic have high rates of infant and maternal mortality, as well as rising rates of chronic disease and obesity. Maternal health and nutrition both have major impacts on fetal development and future health of the infant. Childhood obesity is often pre-determined by maternal diet and increases the likelihood of obesity and chronic disease later in life. (Read more…)


Previous Pshutterstock_160699214rojects

Information on previous projects, including the International Polar Year “Nuts and Bolts of Research” training course, Zhiiwaapenewin Akino’maagewin: Teaching to Prevent Diabetes project, and the Apache, Navajo, and Baltimore Healthy Stores projects (in partnership with Dr. Joel Gittelsohn, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health). (Read more…)



In depth information on studies conducted, including the Social Determinants of Health among Indigenous populations. (Read more…)