CIHR Online Discussion on Systemic Racism


Canadian Institutes of Health Research


On December 17, 2020, CIHR published a message from the Vice-President, Research Programs entitled Online discussion on systemic racism in Canada's health research funding system.

CIHR is pleased to inform the research community that the online discussion has launched and will be open until April 9, 2021. The content for the online discussion was developed in consultation with racialized and Indigenous researchers and stakeholder organizations. CIHR specifically invites the engagement of racialized and Indigenous communities with lived experience of systemic racism in the health research sector although the online discussion is open to all. 

To participate in the online discussion, CIHR invites individuals to visit the Let’s Talk CIHR webpage, click on “REGISTER to get involved”, and follow the prompts to register for and join the online discussion.

Additionally, starting in spring/summer 2021,CIHR will hold virtual small group listening sessions with racialized communities on systemic racism in the health research funding system that will build upon themes and suggestions from the online discussion. These sessions will be co-designed with and moderated by racialized communities.

CIHR will also hold dedicated engagement activities with Indigenous communities to discuss how they can supplement o their action plan to build a healthier future for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples in a way that further recognizes and addresses systemic racism. CIHR will share more details about these dedicated engagements in the near future. In the meantime, they also welcome Indigenous communities to participate in the current broader online discussion about systemic racism in Canada’s health research funding system.

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