Our team’s experience working within intersectoral, interdisciplinary, and Indigenous governance models is a key strength of the project. Our partnership structure is based around academic excellence, doing impactful, effective research, with multi-directional capacity development, institutional and community engagements. Our governance goal is to achieve representation and equity in decision-making and management, coordination between regions and partners, flexibility, and accountability.

Parnership & Governance Aims: to develop, enhance, and sustain intersectoral and interdisciplinary partnerships which will lead to collective impact and improves Indigenous food systems and health:

  1. Co-developing a shared program vision with partners and communities
  2. Monitoring common progress measures to ensure efforts remain accountable
  3. Creating mutually reinforcing activities for collective action
  4. Fostering a culture of collaboration
  5. Managing a supportive infrastructure

The Program Management Committee (PMC) consists of 2-3 Principal Applicants and 1 Knowledge User per region, as well as an Indigenous Knowledge Keeper. The gender-balanced PMC is accountable for oversight of program direction, regional standardization and synthesis activities. PMC members bring extensive experience in program management and coordination. The management structure has been designed to integrate and leverage the experience of senior team members.

In Canada, Ford, Sargeant and Berrang-Ford led multinational programs (>$15M), and Ford and Sargeant held CIHR Applied Public Health Chairs, and Ford holds a CIHR Foundation Grant. Harper, although a recently appointed faculty member, has received $1.9M in funding as a principle investigator and $5.5M as co-investigator. In Peru, Llanos, Garcia, and Carcamo have led large research teams funded by NIH, Fogarty, Grand Challenges Canada, and Gates Foundation. In Uganda, Lwasa led two major IDRC funded programs; Namanya leads the climate change and health portfolio of the Ministry of Health.

Regional Operations Teams (1 per region) will be led by PMC members, plus an Indigenous Knowledge Keeper, a gender champion, students, and intersectoral representatives from governments and NGOs, and will make day-to-day research decisions.

A Senior Scientific Advisory Council will include a group of international research and policy experts, as well as Indigenous Elders and leaders. They will act as internal reviewers, helping the team:

  1. Identify and manage networking and external linkage opportunities
  2. Ensure research questions are policy relevant, locally appropriate, and culturally respectful
  3. Advise on moving research results into policy, programming, and action.