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Research Connections, Truth & Action Grant Announcement

Updated: Oct 20, 2023

Reconciliation is an ongoing journey, and there are certainly roles for health researchers, funding agencies and institutions to play within this process. We are honoured to take one of many important steps towards reconciliation in Canada through the funding of our annual Research Connections, Truth & Action Grant. - Patrick Odnokon, CEO SHRF

First established in 2021, SHRF's Research Connections, Truth & Action Grant is a direct response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Calls to Action. It reflects SHRF's commitment to meaningful action and reconciliation in the health research communities of Saskatchewan.

This funding, provided on an annual basis within the umbrella of SHRF's 'Connections' Program, looks to support projects for up to one year that:

  • Are guided by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives;

  • Address one or more of the TRCC's Calls to Action; and

  • Increase research relevance, usability and uptake by sharing knowledge in non-academic settings and mediums.

The Research Connections, Truth & Action Grant provides up to $10,000 per project to individuals and teams of researchers across Saskatchewan. SHRF is proud to announce that the 2022-23 grant is funding six unique projects, through a total investment of $59,900.

2022-23 Research Connections, Truth & Action Grant Recipients

Laurie Clune | University of Regina Lisa Workman | Poverty Free Saskatchewan Ann Perry | Circle Project $10,000 Giving Back: Community Action in Mobilizing Knowledge About Indigenous Homelessness in Tangible Ways

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Vincent Ziffle | First Nations University of Canada $9,950 Elders’ Residency on Medicinal Plants and Languages: A Series of Truth and Action Workshops Connecting Knowledge Keepers and Community Through Medicinal Plant Traditions and Indigenous Languages

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Trish Goulet | University of Saskatchewan Amrinderbir Singh | University of Saskatchewan $10,000 Co-Creating Indigenous-Specific Oral Health Education Resources in Saskatchewan

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Shelley Kirychuk | University of Saskatchewan $10,000 Thriving in our Miyo Wāskahikan

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Amanda Froehlich Chow | University of Saskatchewan $10,000 Learning with Land: Sharing Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being Through Art

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Cari McIlduff, Marlin Legare, John Acharibasam, Mikayla Hagel, Shayla Desjarlais, Peyton Juhnke, Adele Bibault, Alyssa Starr | Indigenous Community-Based Health Research Lab, University of Saskatchewan; Elder Ethel Dubois, Elder Sharon Strongarm, Victor Starr, Reah Starr | Star Blanket Cree Nation; Karen LaRocque, Veronica Favel, Denise McKenzie | Les Fille de Madeleine Secretariat Inc.; Teena Redwood, Glenn Pelletier | Cowessess First Nation $9,950 Looking Back to Plan Ahead: Two-Way Knowledge Sharing in Partnered Communities

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The Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) is the provincial funding agency that funds, supports and promotes the impact of health research that matters to Saskatchewan. SHRF collaborates with stakeholders to contribute to the growth of a high-performing health system, culture of innovation and the improved health of citizens by strengthening research capacity and competitiveness, increasing the investment in health research in Saskatchewan and aligning research with the needs of our stakeholders. Inquiries about SHRF's Research Connections, Truth & Action Grant may be directed to Chelsea Cunningham at

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