CIHR Online Discussion on Systemic Racism

Dear Colleagues,

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.

We are pleased to inform you 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.

We look forward to hearing what you have to say, and, if you have the time, please share the link to Let’s Talk – CIHR with your networks and on your social media channels.

To participate in the online discussion, we invite 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, we 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.

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

Please contact if you have any questions.



Kimberly Banks Hart, M.A.

Acting Director General / Strategic Partnerships and International Relations

Canadian Institutes of Health Research / Government of Canada / Tel: 343 552-2769