Indigenous Health Research

The Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research is committed to research that supports health equity in northern, rural, and remote regions. A cornerstone of this commitment is our community-based, participatory work with Indigenous communities. For over five years, CRaNHR has supported work with Indigenous nations across Ontario and Canada and has developed particularly strong relationships with the First Nations of the Manitoulin Island area.


The foci of these relationships have included community-based diabetes care strategies; improving quality of life with Indigenous people living with dementia and their families; the health and wellbeing of older adults; cultural safety training design, implementation, and evaluation; and most recently, support of Indigenous-governed administrative health data research. We are incredibly grateful to our community partners, and we are always open to developing new relationships with communities, health care organizations, and/or researchers committed to Indigenous health equity.


Current Research Streams

AGE-WELL: Rural/Remote Indigenous Technology needs Explorations (RRITE)

Best of Both Worlds

Community Based-Emergency Care

Developing educational materials for community-based dementia care

Issues in Dementia Care for Indigenous Populations (CCNA Team 20)

Primary Care Practice Report: Pre-Panel Indicator Survey

Reducing the Burden of Diabetes on First Nations People in Ontario: Using Population Level Data to Inform Policy and Practice

Understanding the challenge of dementia in Saskatchewan First Nations

Unlocking Health Information for Older First Nations Populations

Validation of the Canadian Indigenous Cognitive Assessment Tool

Naandwe Noojimowin Program Evaluation



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