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Fostering Indigenous Partnerships


The Canadian Critical Care Trials Group acknowledges historical and ongoing injustices that Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) endure in Canada, and we accept responsibility as a research network to contribute toward revealing and correcting healthcare inequalities, miseducation, and building cultural safety as well as reviewing respectful relationships with Indigenous communities through our research, mentoring, and teaching.

The Canadian Critical Care Trials Group aims to foster reconciliation through right actions that contribute to a more inclusive and equitable healthcare system.

► Cultural Competency and Cultural Safety
Championing cultural safety training and integration of cultural competency within the organization

► Indigenous Inclusion Across all Programs
Making room for Indigenous participation and increasing opportunities for Indigenous inclusion

► Indigenous Self-Determination in Research
Reflecting the needs and perspective of Indigenous patients and citizens in research and research training


Who We Are

The Canadian Critical Care Trials Group (CCCTG) was created in 1989 to improve the care of critically ill patients through investigator-initiated research, and to provide a national forum for continuing education about research methods. , CCCTG is the world’s first investigator-led and peer-funded acute and critical care research consortium, and CCCTG research has led to practice changes and lives and healthcare dollars saved. Support for our organization comes from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR).

Our vision: Together, advancing the care of our sickest patients through excellent research.

For more information about the CCCTG, visit Our Purpose.


Interested Indigenous People Needed

The CCCTG is seeking the partnership of First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals who have an interest in critical care research, and/or who have lived experience as a patient or as a family member of someone in the ICU.  

Join the Indigenous Advisory Council

Participate as a member of the Indigenous Advisory Council as a Knowledge Keeper, Patient & Family  Partner, or Advocate to help guide CCCTG and our partner, the LifTING Research Training Platform, at the organizational level.

Become a Research Trainee

Our partner, the LifTING Research Training Platform, is training a new generation of researchers through their two-year, online, multi-stream platform. LifTING’s aim is to improve research on life-threatening illnesses – including chronic illnesses - by training multi-disciplinary researchers, patient and family partners, healthcare professionals, and community citizens on research methods, knowledge, skills and attitudes related to health services.

The LifTING Research Training Platform is grounded in the principle that Canadian health inequities can only be addressed if traditionally under-represented and marginalized populations’ voices are heard by all researchers and if they are involved in the co-design of research training.

Be a Patient & Family Partner, an empowered voice in research

Patient & Family Partners are individuals with direct experiences in critical care, along with their caregivers. These dedicated volunteers provide invaluable firsthand insights from the perspective of patients and their loved ones. Your ICU experience can make a significant impact on others. Whether you have undergone intensive care or faced a life-threatening illness compounded by chronic conditions, sharing your experiences is pivotal in shaping research aimed at enhancing medical care. CCCTG’s Patient & Family Partner Community shares knowledge and experiences, and promotes opportunities to advise critical care research programs.

Connect With Us

For more information about CCCTG, LifTING, and how you can help influence research and research training in Canada, please contact Paula Sevestre, Indigenous Engagement and Liaison Manager.

Paula Sevestre
Indigenous Engagement and Liaison Manager
Canadian Critical Care Trials Group
& LifTING Health Research Training Program