Carleton offers Aboriginal Research Ethics Program

This June, Carleton University will offer Canada’s first program dealing with the ethics of engaging in Aboriginal research - a five-day course for a diverse audience of researchers, government representatives and non-governmental organizations, as well as First Nations, Inuit and Métis community members.

The intensive course on the Ethics of Research with Indigenous Peoples takes place on campus from June 8 to 12. It will equip researchers of all kinds with tools to implement ethical practices when working with Aboriginal communities or conducting research on their traditional territory.

``We want to explore the life cycle and best practices of research with Indigenous people and communities so that people can conduct effective, ethical studies to support policy change and positive action,’’ said Katherine Graham, professor emerita at Carleton’s School of Public Policy and Administration.

Featured speakers will have expertise in community engagement and research ethics, design and review. Participants will work together in small groups using case studies. Elders and experts will be on hand for consultations, while a model ethics review body will provide feedback.

Building on the advances of Aboriginal communities in governing their own research, Carleton has the expertise and capacity to deliver a curriculum that will provide a solid grounding in community-based research principles and academic research standards and processes. The curriculum is also intended engage Aboriginal communities and organizations to build bridges on ethical research.

The importance of the program has been widely recognized and it has received support from all faculties at Carleton, as well as the Government of Canada’s Secretariat for Responsible Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

The university’s goal is to share knowledge and build cultural awareness as it seeks to expand its base to community and government researchers who engage in projects that directly affect Aboriginal peoples in Canada.

Supporting Aboriginal communities, promoting cultural awareness and positioning Carleton as a university of choice for Aboriginal students and faculty is a key goal of Carleton’s Strategic Integrated Plan.

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Carleton University
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