Funding Opportunity: Elder-Youth Dialogue on Indigenous Health Priorities (CIHR)

A CIHR Funded Opportunity     (Posting disseminated on behalf of CIHR)

A CIHR Funded Opportunity

(Posting disseminated on behalf of CIHR)

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health (IAPH) is seeking applications for Elder-youth pairs to participate in a dialogue on Indigenous health and wellness. The dialogue is an opportunity to hear from Elders and youth on priority areas of health in order to inform the IAPH Operational Plan and future directions. 

Successful applicants will work and travel together to attend a two-day gathering with other First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Elders and Youth from across Canada. At the Dialogue, Elder/youth pairs will be asked to share their experiences and knowledge in relation to community health and wellness issues. Potential topics of discussion may include: the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report, foster care and criminal justice systems, and education. 

Who can apply?

  • Youth between the ages of 16-30; youth must:
    • demonstrate a past experience and/or a strong interest in Indigenous health and wellness; and
    • have a close working and/or mentored relationship with the Elder and/or Traditional Knowledge Holder they plan to attend with.

*knowledge and experience in community-based projects and experience working with Indigenous communities or organizations in health and wellness (will be considered an asset);

*knowledge and experience working with Indigenous communities or organizations in areas of health and wellness will be considered an asset.

*Elder-Youth pairs are to submit one application

When and where is the Dialogue?

  • The Dialogue will be held on Algonquin Territory in Ottawa, likely from March 12 to 15, 2017.

What is the cost?

  • Travel, accommodation, and meal expenses for Elder-Youth pairs will be paid for by IAPH.

Application deadline

  • January 13, 2017 (Final decision will be made by January 27th, 2017)

*Submit applications to both Taylor Fleming ( and Joanne Nelson (

How to apply

  • Elder-Youth pairs should send one 1-2 page letter of interest representing them both, which describes the following:
    • First Nations, Inuit, or Métis community of the Elder and Youth
    • Priorities/concerns related to Indigenous health and wellness of applicants’ community
    • Interest and experience in Indigenous health and wellness
    • Relationship between Youth and Elder or Knowledge Holder
    • What you hope to learn at the Dialogue
    • How you will share your learnings with your community

*If an interpreter is needed for either the Youth or Elder to participate meaningfully in the event, please be sure to include a note in your application and indicate the language of preference as well.

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