Waniska is an Indigenous, culture-based STBBI (Sexually Transmitted Blood Borne Infections) research centre initiative focused on reducing service inequities within and across Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan Manitoba, and other parts of Canada. The Waniska Centre is based out of the University of Saskatchewan. Ka Ni Kanichihk is a community partner of Waniska and houses both a Community Coordinator and Research Coordinator.
Conducting research through partnerships with Indigenous and non-Indigenous experts in the field of health research, Waniska aims to create a new pool of Indigenous researchers focused on identifying inequities and gaps in care faced by Indigenous people living with STBBI’s, and how these may be addressed through Indigenous methodologies.
Waniska is also addressing gaps in the HIV care cascade by offering monthly sharing circles for people living with HIV. These circles are held at the Mino Pimatisiwin Sexual Wellness Lodge and are led using traditional sharing circle practices.
Waniska is guided by a council that includes youth and Knowledge Holders from both Manitoba and Saskatchewan.