FNHSSM has begun to develop profiles of First Nations communities in Manitoba with consent to do so. These profiles will assist communities in providing a picture of the data connected to:

  • shelter and infrastructure,

  • food and nutrition,

  • employment and economic development,

  • education,

  • justice, safety and security,

  • health services,

  • social services,

  • First Nation identity,

  • Governance and

  • External environment.


Communities can use their profiles to advocate for services, funding and to plan accordingly within the areas.


Cree Birth: Starting Life in a Good Way - Creating Sustainable Prevention

Seven Generations: First Nations made decisions regarding collective well-beinig taking into account seven generations forward and seven generations past.

The project aims to:       

  • Build upon the Traditional Doula Research project with the three First Nation by expanding the project into other First Nation communities and following the health and well-being outcomes of the cohort of children born with the help of an Indigenous birth helper.

  • Develop a baseline of wellness for our next generation (our cohort) will help us to ensure that future generations can benefit from our revitalized, community based approaches to birthing.


The cohort could be used for future research on the protective impact of cultural identity on other First Nation social and health priorities such as mental health, kidney disease, involvement with child and family services, diabetes, etc.



Under the guidance and oversight of the Health Information Research Governance Committee (HIRGC) research projects are reviewed and approved to be undertaken at the regional level.

The following are examples of Linkage of Indian Status Registry with Manitoba Personal Health Identification Numbers for the following purposes:

  • Chiefs Gathering as members of FNHSSM held at Long Plain, Sept. 19-20, 2017 passed resolution of support for moving forward with Key Linked File under FNHSSM and HIRGC oversight.

  • Information Sharing Agreements signed with Manitoba Health in the fall of 2017 and will be signing a ISA withMCHP (U of M) and Manitoba Health

  • First Nations Community Health Profiles (all MFNs will receive community profile of their Nation by end of 2018)

  • 4 Provincial Deliverables (First Nations Atlas, Diabetes, TB, Children’s Atlas) in partnership with Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP)



  • A multidisciplinary cluster of investigators, policy makers, and provincial stakeholders integrated to advance translational research and understanding of the developmental origins of health and chronic disease (DOHaD) in children.

  • Under the direction of the Grandmother’s Council and Indigenous partners within Manitoba.

  • Overall goal of supporting wellness of children and families, we need to bring back our own teachings, values of Pimatiziwin, “Living a good life”

Next Steps:

  • Re-establishing traditional women’s and men’s roles to support healthy pregnancy and raising healthy children

  • Develop a process that supports Manitoba First Nations in developing their own research governance processes (funding to support MFNs in developing their own governance process)




To determine if health, social, and cultural outcomes for mothers and newborns are improved with the provision of culturally based doulas for women who travel for birth.


The Indigenous Doulas (birth helpers) were selected by the community advisory circle and trained by MIDI to provide supports to mothers. Data collectors were also selected by the community advisory circle and trained by FNHSSM.



In partnership with the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP), the objectives of the atlas are to look at the health status, health care use, educational achievements and socioeconomic determinants of health and health care used by First Nations people in the Manitoba region.

FN Report Full
FN Report Full





This four-day gathering, founded by a partnership btn FNHSSM Research and the Human Rights Research Centre at University of Manitoba centers around one foundational theme:


      Nibi Onje Biimaadiziwin (“Water is life” or “Everything needs water to live”),


While reflecting on three themes found throughout the last four years of research: Mino-biimaadiziwin (living a good life), Nindigaweminadoog (all of my relations), and Anishinaabemowin (the language). Approximately 150 participants attend the four day gathering held in Whiteshell Provincial Park.  



Data can make effect change in our communities. Telling our Stories thru Data highlights community stories in the Manitoba region that occurred based on tools like that Regional Health Survey (RHS) and REEES (Regional Early Childhood, Education and Employment Survey).