Doctors, nurses and researchers gathered on Tuesday to discuss the importance of research in the north.

Northern Health is hosting a Research Days Conference from May 4th to May 6th. The conference’s theme is ‘From Evidence to Excellence in Rural Healthcare.’

The conference officially began with speeches from three guest researches: Dr. Henry Harder from the University of British Columbia, Jim MacArthur from the Integrated Land Management Bureau, and Olive Godwin from the Central Interior Native Health Society.

All three presented their research initiatives, in hopes of teaching potential researchers lessons learned along the way.

The three agreed that everyone involved in the research project be included in the process.

Olive Godwin explains.

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Godwin, MacArthur, and Harder focused on aboriginal social studies. The three said respect, principals, values, and trust are all key to ensuring a research project goes well.

Northern Health says it will use what’s learned to improve health care in the North.

The conference will have workshops throughout Tuesday, with a post-conference workshop scheduled for Wednesday.