Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Press Release ...
Aboriginal Peoples Given Stronger Voice in Health Research
OTTAWA, May 22 - Aboriginal Peoples will now have greater involvement in the planning, execution and sharing of research outcomes conducted with their communities, as a result of new research ethics guidelines recently released by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
The focus of the new CIHR Guidelines for Health Research Involving Aboriginal Peoples is on conducting ethical and culturally competent research that balances the pursuit of scientific excellence with Aboriginal values and traditions.
"CIHR understands that research involving Aboriginal Peoples has to be conducted in true partnership with aboriginal communities," said Dr. Alan Bernstein, President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. "This is a Canadian first, and CIHR is pleased to have spearheaded this important initiative."
The Guidelines will serve as an essential tool to promote research that seeks to improve the health, well being and health care needs of Aboriginal Peoples and promote partnerships. Without Guidelines, researchers run the risk of not thoroughly taking Aboriginal traditions, culture and spiritual values into account.
The Guidelines are the end product of an extensive consultation process with Aboriginal communities, researchers and institutions drawing on the CIHR funded ACADRE network - a unique university-based resource with links to academic research communities in research partnerships with regional First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities.
"The ethical considerations associated with research involving Aboriginal Peoples required careful thought and input from the aboriginal community, health researchers and leading aboriginal and non-aboriginal theorists," said Dr. Jeff Reading, Scientific Director of the Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health. "The new Guidelines hold the promise of enabling the conduct of research that aims to improve health for Aboriginal Peoples and all Canadians."
"Canada has integrated the ethical issues of concern to Indigenous communities in other countries such as Australia, the United States, New Zealand, northern circumpolar nations and with the World Health Organization perspective on global indigenous health," added Burleigh Trevor-Deutsch, Director, CIHR Ethics Office. "Thus, these guildelines are on the international vanguard of ethics for research involving indigenous peoples."
The Guidelines will be an important contribution to the ongoing process established to revise Section 6 of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans, which addresses research involving Aboriginal Peoples. The Tri-Council consists of Canada's three federal granting agencies: CIHR, NSRC and SSHRC
The Guidelines are available online at
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's agency for health research. CIHR's mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to catalyze its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 10,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada. http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/
For further information: For more information on the Guidelines, or if you are interested in doing an interview on this subject please contact: David Coulombe, CIHR Media Relations, (613) 941-4563
Could you please forward or post the Train the Trainer AD to others who may be interested in this evidence based training opportunity taking place in Kenora. The training is FREEReaching In Reaching Out (RIRO) is an evidence based resiliency skills training program designed to help adults help children (0-6 years of age) develop a resilient approach to handling life’s stresses and challenges. Both small and large organizations are welcome to identify a staff member to be trained as their trainer, who would then in turn spread the information to their larger organization
The 0-6 Children’s Mental Health Northern Network will host a ‘Reaching In, Reaching Out’ Train the Trainer event from June 11th – 15th in Kenora. Please see the following program information and feel free to visit the website at www.reachinginreachingout.com as well.
The registration form must be directed to Tammy Ross at Algoma Family Services (see registration form) by Monday, May 28th. Space is limited and preference will be given to those with training backgrounds and ready access to a group of professionals and paraprofessionals who work with young children and their families.
Resiliency Promotion – TRAIN-the-TRAINER opportunity
Reaching IN…Reaching OUT (RIRO) is an evidence-based resiliency skills training program for professionals / paraprofessionals. It helps adults help children develop a resilient approach to handling life’s inevitable stresses and challenges. More information about RIRO can be found at:
RIRO has received funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to pilot its “Train-the-Trainers” program aimed at Ontario’s Early Learning & Child Care training professionals. This five-day train-the-trainers program and training materials are provided at no charge; a $10.00 fee will be charged for food per day. For more details about the training program, please contact us at the email address below.
The 0-6 Children's Mental Health Northern Network will host the next RIRO “TRAIN-the-TRAINER” event on:
(Trainers working in NORTHERN Ontario are given priority)
Who should apply?
Experienced trainers in the ELCC community with access to a ready network should apply. While we are targeting trainers from larger ELCC provider organizations and umbrella groups, trainers from smaller organizations are also eligible.
In exchange for the free training, participants will be asked to commit to offer RIRO skills training at least once in their institution/ready network in the six-month period after the training. Because this is a pilot event, participants will be asked to take part in the evaluation of the training.
Organizations sponsoring participants are asked to commit to offering ongoing RIRO skills training within their organizations at least once a year after the initial six-month period.
How will the training be taken out to the communities?
After the 5-day trainers’ event, participants will be prepared to deliver both parts of the RIRO Resiliency Skills Training (Adult Skills and Child Applications) as well as the Community and Parent Information Sessions. Ongoing support through email, telephone and website will be provided to participants.
RIRO’s evidence-based model has been modularized providing trainers with the flexibility to adapt the delivery format to meet their community’s needs. Both RIRO’s adult skills and child applications training can be delivered in full-day, 2-half-day or shorter formats (for “lunch-time” or “after work” series).
Contact Tammy Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org or 705-945-5058 ext. 2422 for a registration form and further information about the trainers’ program. Space is limited, so please register early.
To register for the Reaching IN – Reaching OUT (RIRO) Train-the-Trainer Program at Lake of the Woods Child Development Centre in Kenora (June 11-15th, 2007) please complete the following and return by May 28, 2007(see below).
Postal Code: ______________________
Describe your experience in offering professional development training and why you want to be able to deliver this training.
Explain briefly how you will use your current networks to bring this training into your own community.
If I am accepted, I will commit to offer RIRO skills training at least once in my institution/ready network in the six month period after the training. YES ____
There are limited spaces, so please register early. Please EMAIL your completed form to:
Tammy Ross at email@example.com or fax it to (705) 942-9273.
***If you have food allergies or special needs please indicate this below***
Note: The RIRO program is currently only available in English.