Kishaadigeh: Indigenous Self-Determination through Research for our Future Generations

Kishaadigeh–she who guards the lodge–is the name for the Manitoba Network Environment for Indigenous Health Research (NEIHR) funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. This project aims to up-skill research capacity and infrastructure for Indigenous communities and organizations undertaking health research. We consider the lodge as a place where relationships guide the development of Indigenous research, from the initiation of an idea to the development and implementation of projects, to the final outputs. The research lodges will develop a pathway for existing and upcoming Indigenous scholars to work alongside and within Indigenous organizations in a way that’s culturally meaningful, ethical and impactful.


Kishaadigeh, which is currently hosted at The University of Winnipeg, focuses on promoting Indigenous self-determination in research through the development of community-based research lodges in partnership with five Manitoba Indigenous organizations: the First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba (FNHSSM), the Manitoba Association of Friendship Centres (MAC), the Manitoba Inuit Association (MIA), Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre (AHWC), and Fearless R2W.