The Quebec Indigenous Mentorship Network
Le Réseau de mentorat autochtone du Québec

Let Teionkwaienawa:kon “working together” be our guiding principle

About Us

Teionkwaienawa:kon is one of 8 networks across Canada funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR). The Quebec Indigenous Mentorship Network brings together Quebec-based Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers from 6 Quebec-based universities, Indigenous organizations and knowledge users to create a province-wide network where Indigenous students can acquire research skills and knowledge in health research and Indigenous health research and Indigenous ways-of-doing.

Teionkwaienawa:kon recognizes that there are fewer Indigenous students and scholars in Quebec post-secondary institutions than in other provinces; we are committed to support Indigenous students with conventional and non-conventional mentorship opportunities through experiential learning opportunities, summer institutes, and e-mentoring opportunities.

Teionkwaienawa:kon est l’un des huit réseaux au Canada financés par l’Instituts canadien de recherche en santé (IRSC). Le Réseau de Mentorat Autochtone du Québec réuni des chercheurs autochtones et non-autochtones de 6 différents universités, organisations autochtones et utilisateurs de connaissances pour créer un grand réseau provincial d’où les autochtones peuvent acquérir des compétences de recherche et connaissances dans le domaine de la recherche en santé autochtone et les façons de faire autochtones.

Teionkwaienawa:kon reconnaît qu’il y a moins d’étudiants et d’universitaires autochtones dans les établissements postsecondaires québécois que dans d’autres provinces; nous nous engageons à soutenir les étudiants autochtones ayant des possibilités de mentorat conventionnelles et non conventionnelles des possibilités d’apprentissage expérientiel, des instituts d’été et des possibilités de plates-formes électroniques de mentoring.

What We Offer:

The Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Program (KSDPP) has partnered with McGill University, Université de Montréal , Université Laval, Université du Québec a Montréal, Bishop’s University, and Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue to create this mentorship network. Visit our list of potential mentors here. Indigenous students can propose other mentors in their application.

With funding provided by the Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health (IIPH) and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), the Quebec Indigenous Mentorship Network is uniquely the first Indigenous mentorship network launched in an Indigenous territory.

The project has a broad scope and supports Indigenous students at various stages of their careers, from the post-secondary level, including CEGEP, to the undergraduate and new researcher levels.

There are currently three main funding instruments: bursaries to support Indigenous students, project grants to support mentorship initiatives that contribute to the QIMN objective, and direct programming with universities in Quebec.

Through its innovative research and monitoring component, the Network will constantly evaluate its progress in the context of structural barriers hindering First Nations, Inuit and Métis trainees and new investigators from gaining appropriate training and employment from which they can go on to become tenured university faculty members or nominated principal investigators driving the Indigenous health research agenda.

Do you want to apply?

The application process is flexible to accommodate diverse proposals and ideas from indigenous students and mentors.

Please write us an email at ivan.sarmiento@mcgill.ca with your proposal and contact information. The proposal should include a section describing your connection to your community and how our support will contribute to it. For students, your mentor must approve the application

We look forward to seeing your proposal.