IMN-PN Newsletter November 1, 2020 Edition

IMN-PN Updates

Monthly Zoom talks: Indigenous Graduate and Early Research Presentations

  • Are you an Indigenous graduate student or early career researcher who is interested in formally presenting your work? In collaboration with the IMNPN, each month the BC NEIHR will highlight the work of an Indigenous graduate student or early career researcher by hosting a live Zoom session with peers, colleagues and mentors. Each session will be recorded and made available for viewing on our websites and YouTube channel. This is a great opportunity to showcase your work, strengthen your presentation skills and receive constructive feedback! Register today by contacting bcneihr@uvic.ca or imnpn@uvic.ca
  • Beginning in December of 2020 - Register Today!
  • For more information please email bcneihr@uvic.ca or impn@uvic.ca
  • Ensure you keep up with these updates on our Facebook page @IMNPN!


  • The IMN-PN has created a Response & Resource page on our website. To learn more about current updates at each partner institution, as well as resources for students and community, please visit uvic.ca/imnpn
  • Across Canada, many institutions are suspending all research activities involving direct contact between humans. Please follow the directive of your institution and pause all face-to-face research activities for the time being. Please check with your institution before using online platforms for data collection
  • To support the measures put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, please join us in following federal and provincial government recommendations and adhering to the advice provided by the WHO (https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public).
  • We are thinking of you - please stay safe and healthy


  • If you are looking to connect to a mentor please join our monthly meet-ups at each network site. These are open to all our mentors and mentees! Our Graduate Peer Mentors want to meet you! If you are looking to specifically engage with someone please look at the online directory, and we can either connect you via email or you are welcome to email anyone that is online yourself. To have a facilitated connection please email: imnpn@uvic.ca


  • We have several placements available and these opportunities can be applied to throughout the year. Please visit: uvic.ca/imnpn


  • Do you or your organization have any upcoming priority wellness-related research projects for which you require the assistance of an Indigenous research assistant/ student intern?
  • We are looking for opportunities for students! One of the funding opportunities available is the Research Experience Award, which provides $1,000-$2,000 (depending on level of study) to Indigenous students proposing to undertake a wellness-related research project initiated by and of interest to an Indigenous community or organization. These projects may involve, for instance, assisting with a community-level knowledge translation event, land-based research activity, community research engagement meeting, environmental scan or literature review. These research experiences are overseen by academic and community or organizational Mentors, who will provide guidance, supervision and mentorship to the Mentees.
  • If you are interested in hosting, supervising or mentoring a Mentee, please email: imnpn@uvic.ca. We would be happy to advertise any placements through our network!
  • The Research Experience Award will now be available on a rolling basis!



West Coast Virtual Fair

  • What: West Coast Virtual Fairs: Career, Volunteer & Graduate Schools
  • When: November 17-18, 2020 | 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. PST
  • Where: Online event
  • The West Coast Virtual Fair is the first of its kind in British Columbia! Simon Fraser University (SFU), the University of British Columbia (UBC), and the University of Victoria (UVic), have joined forces to offer students at all three institutions opportunities to virtually connect with employers, grad schools, and volunteer organizations.
  • More information

Indigenous Graduate Student Socials

IMN-PN is offering an Indigenous Grad Student Social video call on a bi-weekly basis to allow all of you to connect with one another during these uncertain times. We understand how difficult the transition away from community in the academy has been, and would like to hold the space for you all to connect, virtually.

Our Indigenous Grad Student Social calls will take place biweekly on Thursdays from 10am-11am PST. Email imnpn@uvic.ca for the link.

Indigenous Research Writing Group

Ongoing virtual writing group. Open to UVic graduate students and faculty.

UPDATED: Now open to Indigenous graduate students throughout so-called Canada.

A writing group for UVic graduate students and faculty doing Indigenous focused research led by Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark. Join us every Friday until December 5, 2020 from 9:30 until noon for a focused writing session.

Register here

Indigenous Intern Leadership Program

  • This program is a joint initiative of the Business Council of British Columbia, the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations and Vancouver Island University. Indigenous graduates from the twenty five post-secondary institutions in British Columbia are encouraged to apply for meaningful work through internship positions that match your skills and professional interests
  • The Program: Qualifying indigenous post-secondary graduates apply for intern positions in prominent BC companies for a two-year period at the employers' expense. The program allows for a rich experience that builds personal experience, networks and knowledge for both the intern and other firm employees.
  • If you have any questions or would like to get involved with the program please contact Micki McCartney IIPL@viu.ca or Patrick Brennan at: patrick.brennan@viu.ca
  • More Information

Indigenous Support for Student Learning Program (SSLP)

  • BCANDS is now offering the Indigenous Support for Student Learning Program (SSLP). The SSLP is a time-limited project for Indigenous students across Canada who have limited financial resources, including those students living with disabilities. The SSLP is accepting applications from students of any age enrolled in a Formal educational institution (either online, remote, or through on-site learning) to be considered to receive a laptop and accessories to assist with their continued education and success.
  • Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis. Applications must be received by BCANDS no later than March 15th, 2021 for consideration. However, due to the limited funding and a high demand, we recommend that applicants submit their completed application as early as possible. Please contact us if you need assistance with the application or have any questions.
  • Contact: sslp@bcands.bc.ca, 250-381-7303 ext.202 | Toll Free: 1-888-815-5511
  • More information
Research Funding



  • The New Relationship Trust (NRT) provides a maximum of $2,000 per projects that benefit Elders and/or Elders groups at the community or Nation level. The purpose of the initiative is capacity building that enhances knowledge, abilities, skills and processes in areas such as language and culture, mentorship, leadership and team building
  • Open Until Funds Exhausted
  • More information


  • The New Relationship Trust (NRT) provides a maximum of $2,000 per projects per First Nations youth group at the community level to implement projects that promote capacity development and language revitalization
  • Open Until Funds are Exhausted
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ADDITIONAL Student FundinG

Master of Science (MSc) Opportunities - Indigenous Healthy Life Trajectories Initiative

  • The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council (NTC), the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) and researchers from the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at Simon Fraser University (SFU) are recruiting two students, interested in pursuing a fully-funded MSc degree. This opportunity includes participating in the Indigenous Healthy Life Trajectories Initiative (I-HeLTI), a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) funded study, being led by Ms. Lynnette Lucas and the NTC. This maternal-child longitudinal cohort study is entitled “Hishuk-ish tsawalk (everything is one, everything is connected)” and uses a two-eyed seeing approach to conduct research aimed at optimizing healthy early life trajectories and wellbeing for Indigenous Peoples.
  • We are recruiting:
  • One (1) MSc Student in Indigenous Child Development and Mental Health
  • One (1) MSc Student in Indigenous Child Development and Biological Mechanisms of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD)
  • Deadline: November 23, 2020, 9:00 AM PST
  • To apply: please send the following to Katrina Salvante (kgsalvan@sfu.ca) with the subject line: Application for I-HeLTI Masters Student – Mental
  • Health.
  • • Letter of Intent that includes how you understand this type of work, why you want to work on this project, where you are in your own research trajectory, and how this overlaps with the goals of the I-HeLTI project.
  • • Copy of unofficial transcript(s) from all post-secondary institutions
  • Selected applicants will be contact for a phone interview with members of the I-HeLTI Steering Committee in the first two weeks of December. The successful applicant will be invited to officially apply to SFU prior to the January 15, 2021 deadline.
  • More information
  • On November 1st, the BC NEIHR launched its first Call for Applications for Funding for Indigenous graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. These funding opportunities are for those who: identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit); are studying at a British Columbia (BC) institution; have partnership potential with BC ICCOs (Indigenous Communities, Collectives and Organizations); and is conducting Indigenous health/wellness research (broadly defined in wholistic terms).
  • To apply: Please visit BC NEIHR for all application materials and detailed instructions on how to apply.
  • For specific questions, please email the Network Coordinator bcneihr@uvic.ca
  • Deadline: January 15, 2021.

Mitacs Accelerate Industrial Postdoc

  • The Mitacs Accelerate Industrial Postdoc provides one, two or three years of funding — valued at $55,000 per year — for a postdoctoral fellow. This special initiative offers better leveraging than standard Mitacs Accelerate internships to: Build a longer-term collaboration with a company or not-for-profit organization, Apply their expertise to real-world problems, Connect with a potential employer
  • Deadline: November 25, 2020
  • For questions or more information, contact us at accelerate@mitacs.ca.
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Mitacs Elevate

  • Mitacs Elevate provides two years of postdoc funding valued at $60,000/year plus extensive customized professional development training ($7,500/year non-cash value).
  • Postdocs: Manage a long-term collaborative research project with a company or not-for-profit organization;Develop business-ready skills in leadership, financial literacy, management and negotiation, project management, problem solving and much more
  • Key Deadlines: January 13, 2021 — Intent to apply and conflict of interest declaration deadline; February 10, 2021 — Final application deadline
  • For questions or more information, please contact us at elevate@mitacs.ca.
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CRE’s Centre for Indigenous Policy and Research: Indigenous Youth Research Grants

  • This program provides small grants to Indigenous youth who want to design, develop, and implement their own community-based research projects in Canada. Small grants of $1000 will be provided to successful applicants to implement their project.
  • This program is designed to ignite grassroots youth-led research projects and to highlight emerging researchers in new ways. No research experience needed, just a desire to learn and produce research that matters to youth and their communities.
  • More information


  • The Center for Native Peoples and the Environment at the State University of New York‘s College of Environmental Science & Forestry is recruiting students for graduate study in diverse environmental science fields: ecology, sustainability, conservation biology, restoration, environmental engineering, and more.
  • Through support from the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership, the program provides funding for full tuition, stipends, and professional development to Native American students pursuing MS and PhD degrees. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.
  • More information




Job Postings

Canadian Institutes of Health Research Tier 2 Canada Research Chair – Indigenous Approaches to Youth and Community Wellbeing

  • This Chair will support research responding to Indigenous youth, their families, and their communities who identify youth mental health – connected to all aspects of emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing as priorities for enhancing community wellbeing, and responding to the need for Indigenous approaches to the promotion of Indigenous wellbeing. The Chair will help to address the Truth and Reconciliation Committee’s Calls to Action in addressing Indigenous wellbeing, recognizing the value of Indigenous practices, and increasing the number of Indigenous healthcare researchers. The appointment will work to decolonize health research and will support holistic efforts to overcome colonial legacies of injustice and inequity that affect the mental health of Indigenous youth and their communities.
  • Start Date: July 1, 2021 or upon a date to be mutually agreed.
  • How to Apply: Applications are emailed in one continuous PDF file to fass.recruitment.ubco@ubc.ca with CRC INDG in the subject line and should include:
  • (i) a cover letter, addressed to Dr. Mike Evans (Head pro tem – Community, Culture, and Global Studies);
  • (ii) a curriculum vitae;
  • (iii) a statement of a 5-year research program (up to 4 pages);
  • (iv) a statement on teaching interests and accomplishments (up to 2 pages);
  • (v) evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., teaching/course evaluations);
  • (vii) a 1-page diversity statement (i.e. experience working within a diverse environment and your contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion on campus).
  • (viii) the names and contact information of three referees who have agreed to submit letters of reference if requested.
  • Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Mike Evans at michael.evans@ubc.ca. All correspondence must indicate the competition title (CIHR CRC Indigenous Youth Mental Health and Wellness) in the subject line of the e-mail.
  • Deadline: December 9th, 2020; Review of applications will begin November 9th 2020
  • More information

Indigenous Health Nursing Research (IHNR) Program – Research Associate

  • The incumbent will oversee the implementation of a CIHR funded Indigenous health research program and will be responsible for the implementation of the overall success of the research operations, and to advance its growth, development and sustainability over the coming years whilst ensuring excellence in developing, achieving and executing multiple research projects. The incumbent will work in collaboration with other project leads and as a key member of the IHNR management team, which includes the principal investigator, advisory team, and community research leads.
  • Compensation: According to TRUFA Salary Schedule
  • Location: Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC
  • More information

Research Associate - National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health

  • The Research Associate position supports research and knowledge translation activities related to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis public health including identifying, analyzing, synthesizing, and disseminating scientific, Indigenous and other knowledge to promote and improve the use of evidence in public health decision-making, policy and practice. This position reports to the NCCIH Manager and the Academic Lead.
  • Compensation: will be commensurate with education and experience.
  • Term: Full-time, 2 Year Term (November 2020 to November 2022)
  • Hours: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Some evening and weekend work is required periodically, particularly in peak times.
  • To Apply: Please forward your resume and proof of education quoting competition #20-139AC to: Human Resources, University of Northern British Columbia, 3333 University Way, Prince George, BC, V2N 4Z9
  • Email submissions and inquiries: HRecruit@unbc.ca
  • Deadline: open until filled
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VNFC // Director of Human Resource Strategies & Contract Management

  • Operating from an Indigenous world view and working with and reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Director of HR Strategies and Contracts will work as part of the Management Team to carry out all the duties as they pertain to the human resource strategies and the oversight of all funding agreements within the agency
  • Compensation: $60,000 – 63,000 annually, based on experience
  • Term: 35 hours/week; Mon - Fri; commencing as soon as suitable candidate is how found.
  • How to Apply: submit your Questions, Resume, Cover Letter and 3 References to: Ron Rice, Executive Director, by mail, fax, email (admin@vnfc.ca) or drop-off
  • Deadline: Open until filled

Marine Data Researcher

  • Pauquachin First Nation is seeking to hire a Marine Data Researcher to work on a variety of aspects in relations to data collection and mapping development in the Salish Sea. Marine Data Researcher will be under the direction of the Marine Manager. This position is central to Pauquachin involvement with DFO- Fisheries and Oceans Canada in providing foundational work to support the Marine Spatial Planning Initiative in the Salish Sea.
  • Compensation: $26.50/hr to start. Possible wage increase to $27.50 after 3-month probation review. Pension Plan offered after 3-month probation through Manulife.
  • Term: 35 hours a week (regular work week- Monday to Friday, with the occasional weekend work)
  • To apply: Send your cover letter and resume by email to: david@pauquachin.com
  • Deadline: open until filled

Indigenous Governance Program - Special Projects AssistantThe position will also provide general office support to the Indigenous Governance Program. Task will include but not be limited to: Coordinating gatherings and planning tasks for a Black Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) Men’s Group (i.e. booking space, scheduling gatherings, note taking, etc.)

  • Assist with program events (i.e. book launches, film screenings and other events as planned)
  • Research for IGOVs PhD proposal
  • Assist in compiling reports
  • Research current political issues and activities (i.e. literature reviews, data analysis)
  • Social media support, if needed
  • Location: Human & Social Development Building Room A260
  • Compensation: $21.00/hour (including 4% vacation pay)
  • Term: 250 hours
  • To Apply: Please forward cover letter and resume via email to: Shawna McNabb, Academic Administrative Officer, Indigenous Governance Program, igovao@uvic.ca
  • **Applicants must be eligible to participate in the Work Study Program

Outreach Worker

  • This is a full-time, term Position with the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness (ACEH) as an Outreach Worker. Reporting to the Executive Director and working collaboratively with the Indigenous Street Community Advocate (ISCA) and outreach team, the Outreach Worker is responsible for providing support, advocacy, resources, and referrals, and to assist individuals transitioning into housing.
  • Compensation: $24/hour
  • Term: Available now until the end of March 2021 with strong possibility of continuation. Hours of work, 8 hours per day, 5 days per week (Tuesday – Saturday)
  • Please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@acehsociety.com (please cc director@ACEHsociety.com). Only those short-listed will be contacted.

IACE – Creating Caring Communities (CCC) Student Events Assistant

  • The CCC Student Events Assistant will assist the Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement in the planning, coordination and implementation of CCC student virtual initiatives. As UVic is transitioning to provide primarily online courses for the Fall, the Winter semester may also be a combination of virtual and on- campus events, depending on COVID19 safety protocols
  • Location: Virtually and potentially on-campus
  • Compensation: $20.50/hour (including 4% vacation pay)
  • Term: 300 hours
  • To Apply: Please submit your cover letter and resume to: Lalita Kines, Associate Director, Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement, First Peoples House Room 147, PO Box 1700 Stn CSC, Victoria BC V8W 2Y2, Email: iaceassocdir@uvic.ca

IACE – LE,NONET Student Employment Assistant

  • The LE,NONET Student Employment Assistant will work remotely to assist the LE,NONET Experiential Learning Coordinator in tasks relating to the planning, marketing, delivery and tracking of employment related events and opportunities.
  • Location: On campus and/or remotely
  • Compensation: $20.50/hour (including 4% vacation pay)
  • Term: 300 hours
  • To Apply: Please submit your cover letter and resume to: Renée Livernoche, LE,NONET Experiential Learning Coordinator, Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement, First Peoples House Room 133, PO Box 1700 Stn CSC, Victoria BC V8W 2Y2, Email: lenonetelc@uvic.ca

Registered Nurse

  • The Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness (ACEH) Registered Nurse will provide full-time support to the ACEH programming, primarily the Indigenous Alcohol Harm Reduction Program Cohort at the Culturally Supportive House (CSH) and will extend services to the indigenous women residing at the Spaken House( SH). The ACEH Nurse will develop Risk Management & Wellness Plans for individuals from these houses and the street community in order for them to attend the Land-based Healing Camps. The RN will lead coordination and delivery of Wellness Plans that include harm reduction care including substance use supports for safe and low-barrier participation in camps. The ACEH Nurse will contribute to the development of the Decolonized Harm Reduction Framework based on lessons learned from a nursing perspective. The ACEH Nurse will work closely with the Executive Director and the ACEH Team comprised of: a Research Team, Indigenous Alcohol Harm Reduction Program Manager, Decolonized Harm Reduction Framework (DHRF) Coordinator, Management Staff, and the House Managers
  • Nursing, Outreach, and Harm Reduction (Approximately 50%), Outreach & Decolonized Harm Reduction Framework (Approximately 50%)
  • Compensation: $79,040 annually
  • Term: Position available starting Sept 2020 – March 2021 with a strong possibility of continuation
  • To apply: send a resume and cover letter to jobs@ACEHsociety.com and cc’ director@ACEHsociety.com with Registered Nurse Application in the subject line.

Team Assistant

  • NIȽTU,O Child and Family Services Society supports commitments of First Nation families in self- determination and decision- making processes over their own families and children. Our staff are committed to ensuring the safety of children, strengthening family relations, and enhancing the well- being of members of the South Vancouver Island First Nations communities. The Team Assistant primarily duties include administration support to field staff and reception duties at our front desk.
  • Compensation: $19.84 – $23.10 per hour
  • Hours: Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm
  • Qualifications: Office Assistant certificate/diploma or 3 – 5 years’ work experience as administrative support; a combination of education and experience would also be considered. Min 1 year of experience in maintaining filing systems or completed courses in electronic case file management systems
  • Deadline: Open until filled
  • To Apply: Your cover letter and resume which outline how you meet the qualifications for this position can be emailed to Nooreen Kabani, HR Consultant, NIȽTU,O Child and Family Services Society, at: nooreen@exalthrconsulting.com

Executive Assistant Office Manager - Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness Society

  • The Executive Assistant/Office Manager is responsible for the administrative capacity development of the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness, is required to provide a broad range of support to assist the Executive Director to respond to the overall vision and strategic directions of the Society, and is responsible to coordinate Board of Director meetings and ensure confidentiality and records are maintained and filed. The position works closely with senior management staff
  • Compensation: Based on experience and qualifications
  • Hours: 8 hours/day, Monday-Friday
  • Term: Position available starting August 2020 – March 2021 with a strong possibility of continuation
  • Deadline: Open until filled
  • To Apply: Interested candidates should forward a resume and cover letter to jobs@ACEHsociety.com and cc’ director@ACEHsociety.com with Executive Assistant Application in the subject line.

Housing Director - Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness Society

  • Reporting to the Executive Director, the Housing Director (HD) will provide support to the Society’s House Managers related to operations, programming, staff training, emergency preparedness, and overall capacity development. The HD will perform a public relations role and create a community resources catalogue. The HD is also responsible to provide new housing staff with an orientation to the Society’s history and strategic directions, vision, mission, and values. Additionally, the HD will become familiar with the ACEH Housing Development Tool Kit and provide in-service to partner communities and organize training teams to support partner communities as required
  • Term: Position available on a temporary term starting as soon as possible with strong possibility of continuing
  • Compensation: $70,720 annually
  • Deadline: Open until filled
  • To Apply: Please send your resume and cover letter to operations@ACEHSociety.com and cc’ director@ACEHsociety.com

Indigenous Research Trainee/Facilitators

  • Under the supervision of the Principal Applicant, Dr. Charlotte Loppie (UVic), and Network Coordinator, Tara Erb (UVic), as well as working with the BC NEIHR key partners (First Nations Health Authority, Métis Nation BC, and BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres), the IRTFs will undertake the following activities: Support Indigenous Communities, Collectives and Organizations (ICCOs), Knowledge Sharing Mobilization (KSM), Event Coordination, Special Projects and Travel, and Communications and Training
  • Hours: Part-time position (20 hours/week)
  • Term: September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2025. Possible extension to full-time position.
  • Compensation: $25,000
  • Deadline: Open until filled
  • Please send an electronic application package including a cover letter that addresses the job description and requirements along with a current CV or resume to: Network Coordinator // bcneihr@uvic.ca



Unique Opportunities


  • Connecting rural high school students with health science student mentors from all across BC. Always recruiting mentors and mentees for the program! Looking to connect with any high school students or post secondary students interested in online learning/mentoring about pathways to the health sciences
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  • The Coop Student reports to the People Plants & Homes (PPH) Coordinator and and works as part of the PPH and Housing and Health Services team to support gardening and food security programs. The desired candidate understands how gardening can improve one’s mental and physical health and is passionate about food security, sustainability, gardening and community development
  • Contact indgcoop@uvic.ca or call 250-721-6326


  • Visits to northern First Nations communities to assist with collecting information about lung health; creating reports and other knowledge translation materials regarding our research; assisting with environmental scans and literature reviews; and helping with lab activities related to our research, including data entry, preparing materials for data collection
  • Visit website: prrl.rehab.med.ubc.ca


  • The FPCC Micro-Grant program assists Indigenous artists and collectives in British Columbia to achieve outcomes that respond to extenuating circumstances and emergent needs, as well as contribute to professional development in all artistic disciplines, with grants of $1,000
  • Apply throughout the year
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Publications & Resources

STRATEGIC PLAN: Setting new directions to support Indigenous research and research training in Canada 2019 - 2022

  • The strategic plan is published by the federal research granting agencies—the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council—and fulfills a priority of the Canada Research Coordinating Committee to co-develop with Indigenous Peoples an interdisciplinary research and research training model that contributes to reconciliation
  • More information


  • Read more (Chapter 9, Research Involving Indigenous peoples)










  • Authors: Regine Halseth, Charlotte Loppie, Nicole Robinson
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The IMN-PN network is generously supported by a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. For a complete list of project partners and supporters, please visit our website at: https://www.uvic.ca/research/centres/circle/network/resources/index.php.