About the Wabanaki-Labrador Indigenous Health Research Network



The Wabanaki-Labrador Indigenous Health Research Network is a dynamic, diverse, interdisciplinary and inclusive collaboration of Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqiyik, Inuit, Innu, and Passamaquoddy community members, organizations, health professionals, students, academics, traditional healers and allies from the four provinces of Atlantic Canada – Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. We refer to this region the Wabanaki-Labrador region. Guided by the principles of co-learning, co-mentorship, and relational ethics, the Wabanaki-Labrador Indigenous Health Research Network seeks to transform Indigenous health research, by supporting and promoting community-driven research to produce meaningful, ethical, and respectful research from Indigenous peoples throughout the region see benefit. With the leadership of a broad range of community and regional partners and collaborators.

We will support research activities that are led by, with, and for Indigenous communities, to achieve Indigenous health and wellness goals throughout the region, as defined by Indigenous peoples. The activities include: 1) Research and Innovation Co-Learning Lodges, or sustainable physical spaces to facilitate research in communities; 2) Systematic Investments in Research Ethics and Governance, to build the capacity of communities and institutions in ensuring all research is done in a ‘good way’; 3) Community-Based Research Awards and Workshops for community-directed research; 4) a Trainee Program to nurture the skills of Indigenous students; 5) Strategic Communications and Knowledge Exchange; and 6) Knowledge Gardening, Sustainability and Evaluative Activities to ensure the work of this Network far exceeds its lifespan.






Vision and Mission


Our vision is to improve the health and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples within the Atlantic region. Our plan is to develop a regional Indigenous health research Network, whose mission is to be led by, and work with and for, Indigenous communities to support research that addresses their health research priorities, builds research capacities, engages in community-led health research, and supports culturally-appropriate and community-specific methods of knowledge exchange and strategic implementation, to achieve Indigenous health and wellness goals throughout the region, as defined by Indigenous peoples. 









Guiding Principles of the Network




– Protecting Indigenous knowledge, cultures and ceremonies;   




– Increasing sovereignty over research (and the data that results from it); 

– Moving forward in a relational way (considering research ethics from the perspective of ‘all our relations’);

– Centering, enhancing, innovating and strengthening Indigenous knowledge in health research;

– Building capacity for research done in a ‘good way’ through mentorship