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Academic Partnerships

The Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill (Director-Kirmayer, Gill, Sigal) has been a center for research and training in cultural psychiatry since the 1950s. It coordinates a network of 25 researchers at McGill teaching hospitals, with two clinics specialized in intercultural work and three specialized research units. In addition to clinical and research fellowships, the Division runs an Annual Summer Program in Social and Cultural Psychiatry, which emphasizes research training, along with an Advanced Summer Institute. Members of the Division consult and conduct research in Québec Aboriginal communities and for other indigenous groups internationally. The Division offers a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in psychiatry and has close links with the Department of Social Studies of Medicine at McGill, which offers an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology in conjunction with the Department of Anthropology.

In B.C., the Network includes faculty members from Simon Fraser University (Culhane, Iarocci, and Kenny); and the University of British Columbia (Chandler, McCormack and Van Euchalen) and the University of Victoria (Lalonde). Simon Fraser University has recently developed an Institute for Health Research and Education (IHRE) associated with the CIHR, and will provide an interdisciplinary environment supportive of Network endeavours, and opportunities for the dissemination of research findings to both scholarly and public audiences. The University of British Columbia supports an Institute for Aboriginal Health, and a Program in Cross-Cultural Psychiatry. Mental health practitioners and service providers associated with the Vancouver/Richmond Health Board, the Vancouver Native Health Society, and the Vancouver Community Mental Health Service will be actively involved as collaborators and advisors throughout the research process.

At the Department of Anthropology, York University, Toronto, Adelson is linked to the York Institute for Health Research (YIHR). First Nations faculty and students are actively involved in the study of a wide range of issues in Canada and internationally (Environmental Studies, Law, Health, Education, Sociology and Anthropology). York University offers a Certificate in Indigenous Studies and a BA in Race, Ethnicity and Indigeneity. An innovative new interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Indigenous Thought is currently under development. The Graduate Programme in Social Anthropology promotes both medical anthropology and First Nations/Indigenous Studies, with one doctoral student currently working directly in urban Native mental health under Adelson’s supervision.

At the University of Saskatchewan (Waldram),four research units have been formed which provide an important background of support and expertise for this proposal: (i) the Community-University Institute for Social Research (a SSHRC funded CAHR), one component of which is focused on health and the determinants of health, including Aboriginal peoples in Saskatchewan; (ii) the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU), which includes as part of its mandate issues pertinent to the Aboriginal population and which has recruited several new researchers with expertise on Aboriginal health; (iii) the new School for Public Health; (iv) the graduate program in Culture and Human Development (Department of Psychology). The University also hosts a Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Health. A graduate program in Medical Anthropology will commence in fall of 2010. The research proposed here will tap into these new programs for both expertise and graduate students.

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