About the AIM-HI Network
The Alberta Indigenous Mentorship in Health Innovation (AIM-HI) Network represents a commitment on the part of established Indigenous and non-indigenous health researchers at distinct stages of their careers and community partners to strengthen and provide new and expanded opportunities for FNMI mentees to purse and succeed in health research careers.
We have developed an intergenerational, multilayered and cascading mentorship program for mentees at all levels – from undergraduate through to new investigator stages- and in all health focused research disciplines, including the health, social and laboratory sciences.The program encourages network and interdisciplinary gatherings among peers affiliated with six Alberta universities and the oldest tribal college in Canada, the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Alberta partner organizations, and between Indigenous Mentorship Network Program nodes. By establishing enduring infrastructure, sustainability is promoted in training by building capacity in Alberta for FNMI health research mentees, and in partnership with FNMI communities of support, it dynamically reaches future mentees in urban and remote sectors throughout the province and in the Canadian North.
We will establish a generation of FNMI health researchers, through participation in the AIM-HI network, who will strengthen their personal and professional resources and gain resilience along their path to academic success. The enduring connection to community will support meaningful application of their research knowledge, ultimately for the improved health of FNMI communities. Finally, we will generate evidence on wise practices for indigenous mentorship, demonstrate the impact of the network, and advocate for systemic change to enable FNMI promotion and success in academia and in health research more broadly.
Identify supports for success and resilience while overcoming barriers that impact FNMI learner success and new investigator transitions from study to workforce that largely neglects the soci-political histories caused by colonization and settler colonialism.
Reorganize health research mentorship around cultural and community principles and values to address the dynamic, transactional facets of career development for FNMI learners.
Expand and Enhance
Expand and enhance an intergenerational mentorship network among FNMI mentees, in relation to indigenous and non- indigenous community and academic mentors, to build an inter-disciplinary community of practice committed to indigenous health research.
Develop a knowledge base on wise mentorship practice for the training of FNMI health researchers that leads to better career outcomes, as well as sustained professional and community relationships.
Advocate for continued systemic change necessary to equitably promote FNMI health researchers for success in academia and beyond.