CIHR grant awarded for First Nations knowledge translation project
June 24, 2013 (Victoria, BC) - Our environmental exposures team has successfully obtained a Knowledge to Action (KTA) grant through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for their knowledge translation efforts around First Nations environmental health.
Together with co-investigators Barb Riley and Katy Wong from the PROPEL Centre for Population Health Impact and Andrew Black from the Assembly of First Nations, our team will collaboratively design, implement and evaluate a knowledge translation strategy to help reduce First Nations’ exposures to known and suspected carcinogens in the environment. The First Nations version of our Emissions Mapping Project (FN-EMP) is a cornerstone to the project plan.
The FN-EMP is an information base consisting of a range of Google Earth files developed by team members from existing datasets on measured levels of contaminants in outdoor air, water, sediments and soils, as well as reported and estimated emissions of contaminants across Canada. The overall objective of this KTA project is to understand how to create meaningful and sustained use of the FN-EMP within First Nations organizations, not only technically in terms of using the FN-EMP, but more importantly, for prioritizing environmental health issues, developing relevant environmental health research questions, and identifying data gaps that require future research or local data collection. The project has the potential to enhance First Nations organizations’ participation in provincial and federal environmental impact assessments, and thereby provide more control over local environmental quality.
The project approach is informed by aboriginal perspectives on what makes communities, and therefore individuals, healthy. Our team is currently in the strategic planning stage of the project, drawing upon feedback and input from the CAREX First Nations KT Advisory Committee that met earlier this year.
Stay tuned for more updates as this project unfolds.