Land Acknowledgment Learning Series launched
To support Can-SOLVE CKD Network members in understanding the importance of Land Acknowledgments, a working group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous network members came together to create a new, four-part learning series.

The series, entitled “Supporting Each Other’s Journey,” launched on August 9, which was International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. It touches on themes of colonization, land dispossession, traditional protocols for acknowledging the land, and how to create a personal Land Acknowledgment.

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Incorporating Equity, Diversity and Inclusion 
As the Can-SOLVE CKD Network works towards a vision for the next phase of our network, we have implemented a Core Values Statement to guide us.

We have a shared responsibility and commitment to advancing equitable, patient-oriented research of the highest quality through our core values of inclusioncultural competency, and collaboration.

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New award for Reconciliation to honour Howard Vincent's legacy

Howard was a patient partner and member of the Indigenous Peoples’ Engagement and Research Council who was known throughout the network as a strong and passionate voice for those living with kidney disease.

The Howard Vincent Reconciliation Award honours a non-Indigenous individual who has demonstrated commitment to furthering Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples within the Can-SOLVE CKD Network or who has inspired others to continue Reconciliation efforts.

Nominations are open until September 1, 2021. The recipient will be announced at the Can-SOLVE CKD Network Annual Meeting in September

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Re-Envisioning the Canadian Nephrology Trials Network: A Can-SOLVE CKD Stakeholder Meeting of Patient Partners and Researchers 

Read how the Can-SOLVE CKD Network brought together a broad cross-section of Canada’s kidney research community to envision a bright future for nephrology trials in Canada.
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Future areas of focus for patient-oriented research

CIHR is hosting an online discussion to solicit ideas from the health research community on future priorities for patient-oriented research. The survey closes September 17, 2021. 

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Team Updates
Join us in welcoming Vaishali (Shelly) Sharma to the role of Administrative Assistant. She will support day to day activities within the network and can be reached at
Join us in welcoming Umair Khan to the role of Provincial Coordinator – BC COVID-19 Immunization in CKD Patients Study. 
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Join us in welcoming back Linnea Franson to the role of Patient Partnerships and Training Manager. Linnea will be responsible for leadership of patient partnership activities and training and capacity development initiatives within the network. She can be reached at
Join us in welcoming Kelley Dennis to the role of BC Kidney Check Nurse. She will work collaboratively with local Indigenous communities to provide kidney health screening and education. She can be reached at 
Thank you to Patient Partnerships and Training Lead Leah Getchell for your tireless contribution to our network and patient engagement. Leah will move to part time as she begins her Masters in Social Work at Kings University College in September. We wish you all the best!
Thank you to Special Projects Coordinator Simone Dew for your hard work and contribution to our network. Simone will be starting medical school at the University of British Columbia in September. We wish you all the best!
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Upcoming Event: Medications and Kidney Disease

Dan Martinusen, Provincial Director of Pharmacy, BC Renal, will lead this webinar focused on common questions about medications and kidney disease.
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Get Involved: Development of Patient-Reported Outcome MEasure for Children with Chronic Kidney Disease (PRO-Kid) Study in patient reported outcomes 

Participate in an online survey about your experiences related to ethics submissions. Two to three patient partners living in Canada are being sought to help fulfill this role. The PRO-Kid study is focused on developing clinical tools to assess important patient-reported outcomes among children with chronic kidney disease.
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Upcoming Event: 2021 SPOR Northwest Virtual Institute

Registration is now open for the 2021 SPOR Northwest Virtual Institute! We are proud to partner on this month of sharing knowledge, ideas, experiences, challenges and successes in patient-oriented research.

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Patients: Sign up today and search opportunities to get involved.
Researchers: Post your studies, surveys, and other opportunities to connect with engaged participants.

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