Background Report to: A Plan for a Mental Health Research Program for Alberta

An Excerpt



On November 9, 2004, an Aboriginal Research Community Forum was held at the Wingate Inn in Edmonton to provide the opportunity for academic and community Aboriginal health researchers and other individuals who provide services within Aboriginal communities to respond to and provide input into the developing Provincial Mental Health Research Plan working paper. Approximately 28 participants attended this full-day forum, which was coordinated by the Alberta Mental Health Board (AMHB) Aboriginal Mental Health Team and included a keynote address by respected Aboriginal researcher, Dr. Betty Bastien. This report has been prepared to share the ideas, expressed wishes, and concerns shared by participants at the forum in response to the following questions:

  • How can research partnership opportunities with Aboriginal communities
    best be developed?
  • How can mental health research be respectful of Aboriginal people in
  • How can the mental health research plan create more opportunities
    for you and your colleagues to become involved in research partnerships
    related to the design and delivery of mental health services for
    Aboriginal people?

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