Funding for this research was provided by:
Canadian Institute for Health Research Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal Peoples Signature Initiative in Collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada
Received: 20 May 2020
Accepted: 9 November 2020
First Online: 7 December 2020
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: The study was vetted and approved by NYSHN in keeping with the agreed-upon roles and responsibilities outlined in SMH-NYSHN Research, Data Sharing, and Publication Agreements (See Additional files InternalRef removed and InternalRef removed). The study was also approved by the Unity Health Toronto Research Ethics Board (study nos.:15–033 and 15–175). Participants in this study provided written or verbal consent prior to participating in the study, where the option of verbal consent was made available to ensure cultural appropriateness and respect the wishes of participants who would prefer not to provide written consent (for example, due to suspicion, or being uncomfortable with written English). Participants were informed of their right to withdraw from the study at anytime prior to results being disseminated through presentations, reports, and/or manuscripts. We consider consent as an ongoing process and Well Living House and NYSHN researchers shared back analyses and results with the NYSHN membership for review and approval, in person and via email, prior to presenting and/or publishing any materials.
: Consent for publication along with any associated materials (ie. Additional file InternalRef removed) has been provided by NYSHN as per the SMH-NYSHN Research, Data Sharing and Publications Agreements (See Additional files InternalRef removed and InternalRef removed).
: No competing interests to declare.