To develop this research by formally working in partnership – across many sectors.

Four core urban Aboriginal provincial organizations, the multidisciplinary academic team, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC), and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) created formal research agreements , data management and decision-making protocols. By working together we reached agreement on what areas of health needed to be measure and collectively crafted the questions that would get us the information we needed.

To build knowledge by establishing a population health data base

This research focused on generating new health information reflecting our community’s priorities and by sampling urban First Nations, Inuit, and Métis adults and children. We engaged study participants to help us get other Aboriginal community members involved. By creating a respectful health assessment questionnaire we were able to gain permission from most participant to link this survey to their health records using the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.

To grow the ability of the Aboriginal Community to Conduct Health Research

Through this research project we committed to strengthening Ontario’s urban Aboriginal communities ability to gather health information, and to understand and use this information to improve Aboriginal health. We involved community representatives as active research team members, including them in all aspects of the project and by hosting community-based health data use workshops. We wanted to provide a scientifically excellent and culturally relevant training and mentorship environment for Aboriginal health researchers at the undergraduate, graduate, post-doctoral, and new investigator level.

We want to share widely what we learned, encourage this knowledge to be applied to improve health outcomes and to contribute to future projects

This information will support community-based, small region, provincial, and federal uses so that our health information is reflected in health policies, programs, and services for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. This study is just the beginning. We will build on the outcomes of this study to design future longitudinal health studies in partnership with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis governing/organizational stakeholders.

This information will be used to improve the quality of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis health data in Ontario. We want to share what we learned about doing culturally sensitive and culturally relevant research with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis stakeholders in other provinces and territories. In this way we can contribute to the development of urban Aboriginal health data enhancement strategies.