The original purpose of IPHRC was to establish a research environment designed to foster and increase Indigenous health research in Saskatchewan through community-generated health research initiatives and capacity building.
There were two parallel tracks identified in the development of the centre: (1) specific programs for students and researchers of Indigenous ancestry, (2) and programs that would develop and support Indigenous health research. Training grants were proposed to encourage Indigenous students to explore and participate in health research and to foster trainees involved with Indigenous health projects.
After the success of the Aboriginal Capacity and Developmental Research Environments (ACADRE) proposal in late 2001, the provincial government announced that it would provide matching funds and a one-time contribution from the Department of Industry and Resources. Development of IPHRC and its programs began in 2002 when the majority-Indigenous board first convened. In 2007, IPHRC became one of nine Network Environments of Aboriginal Health Research (NEAHRs) funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) - Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health.
IPHRC continues to meet its goals and mandates and this is reflected in the accomplishments of IPHRC and our researchers, students and community partners. Five rounds of summer undergraduate research awards have been distributed to 70+ students, and graduate fellowships have been awarded to over 30 PhD. and Masters level students. Numerous mentoring sessions and research colloquia have also taken place to provide networking opportunities for students and researchers involved in Indigenous health research across the province.
IPHRC has also supported community-based research with over 50 grants awarded to community partners and researchers. Our researchers continue to be actively involved in Indigenous health research and projects throughout the province.