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Because research takes us into the realm of the unknown, there may be risks to those involved, both at the individual and community level. As history has repeatedly demonstrated, this is particularly true of Indigenous people. Harm has come, both to individuals and communities, from participating in research projects. Therefore it is especially important that those interested in doing Indigenous research fully understand their responsibilities. In this respect, we concur with the general policies of the Tri Council Research Secretariat, that is, that researchers need to follow three core principles when doing Indigenous research: respect for people and their community, concern for the welfare of individuals and their communities and commitment to upholding justice through the research activities.

Our goal is to help students and faculty understand how they might think about, learn about, design and carry out the research with Aboriginal peoples and their communities. To this end, we hope to provide interested parties, including graduate students, with some basic information and guidelines regarding ethics, research protocols, and research methodologies that are relevant to undertaking research with Aboriginal peoples and their communities. It is our hope that this information, while incomplete, will provide those interested in doing research with Indigenous people with basic information that will allow them to carry out their research in an ethical fashion, in ways that help Indigenous people strengthen their communities.

Indigenizing the Academy

Speaker: Leroy Little Bear
Date: Monday, Nov. 24, 2014
Time: 3pm - 430pm (light snacks and refreshments provided)
Location: Husky Oil Great Hall (note the room  change), Rosza Centre

Space is limited. Please register online to attend this event.

Leroy Little Bear is a member of the Small Robes Band of the Blood Indian Tribe of the Blackfoot Confederacy; born and raised on the Blood Indian Reserve. From 1975 to the end of 1996, Dr. Little Bear was a professor in the Native American Studies Department at the University of Lethbridge. As a founding member of this department, Little Bear worked with hundreds of students each year and continues to teach and mentor students and faculty members following his official retirement in 1997. In January of 1998, Dr. Little Bear became the Director of the Harvard University Native American Program. Dr. Little Bear has served in a legal and consultant capacity to many Aboriginal communities, and organizations including the Blood Tribe, Indian Association of Alberta and the Assembly of First Nations of Canada. In March 2003, Dr. Little Bear was awarded the prestigious National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Education. His research interests include the study and comparison of Indigenous and Western Sciences as pathways to knowledge and the exploration of Blackfoot knowledge through songs, stories and landscape.