The Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation and Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation have announced an investment of $1,350,000 for research initiatives aimed at enhancing the lives of young people across the province. 

The funds will support 11 projects spanning areas such as mental health, nutrition, trauma-informed care, virtual health, and innovative medical technologies. 

“Investing in pediatric research is crucial for advancing our understanding and treatment of childhood diseases. By prioritizing research, Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation is not only enhancing the well-being of children today but also paving the way for innovative treatments that will benefit future generations.” said Brynn Boback-Lane, President and CEO of Jim Pattison Hospital Foundation. “As an important strategic pillar of our Foundation, investing in pediatric research transforms the delivery of health care ensuring that every child has an opportunity to lead a healthy and fulfilling life.” 

Among the 11 funded projects is “We tutuska towin-Forging Paths Together,” led by Amanda Froehlich-Chow and Louise Humbert from the University of Saskatchewan and Erica Stevenson from the Saskatoon Tribal Council.  

That project aims to create culturally connected spaces with early learning environments that promote play and physical activities and has research support from Saskatoon Tribal Council’s Early Childhood Development Program, Indigenous Elder and Knowledge Keeper with Saskatoon Public School Division, E-Tahkanasawot Care Center, Prince Albert Childcare Co-operative Association, and Yellow Quill Daycare.