Global Health Researchers Gather in Duncan, British Colombia

    OTTAWA, July 18 /CNW Telbec/ - From July 15 to 23, researchers from
Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Dominica, Ecuador, Grenada, Guatemala,
India, New Zealand, Tanzania, Thailand and Uganda will gather at the
Quw'utsun' Cultural and Conference Centre in Duncan, British Columbia to
participate in the 5th Summer Institute for New Global Health Researchers.
Summer Institute participants will address the challenges of doing health
research with Indigenous communities in Canada and the world.
    The Summer Institute, which is organized by the Canadian Coalition for
Global Health Research (CCGHR) is an annual program that brings together
global health researchers to strengthen partnerships, build capacity in
translating research into action and to nurture the next generation of global
health researchers.
    "Around the world, Indigenous peoples are often the poorest and bear the
heaviest burden of illness.' says Dr. Vic Neufeld, National Coordinator of the
CCGHR. "At the same time, many communities and individuals explain that they
have been 'researched to death' with little benefit returning to their
    "Each participant in the Summer Institute is striving to change this
reality by working in respectful and collaborative partnerships with
Aboriginal groups," says Neufeld. "The Summer Institute is a chance for them
to learn from each other and to gain knowledge and skills to work respectfully
and effectively with Indigenous communities."
    The 5th Summer Institute will focus on ways to guard collective rights to
sacred knowledge, approaches for ensuring the partnership of Indigenous
communities in the research enterprise, methods for making sure research is
relevant to community priorities, and guidelines for ethical research.
    This 5th Summer Institute for New Global Health Researchers is being held
in collaboration with the Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health of the
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Network Environments for
Aboriginal Research in British Columbia, University of Victoria. It is
supported by CIHR, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, and the International
Development Research Centre (IDRC).

For further information:

For further information: and backgrounder: Roberta Lloyd, Manager,
Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR), (613) 859-5115, Fax:
(613) 783-5117,,

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