SESSION 2: Actualizing Indigenous Values and Methodologies

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Working Better Together Conference
February 19, 2015

This video is a record of “Session 2: Actualizing Indigenous Values and Methodologies in Ethics Policy-making and Practice” from the “Working Better Together Conference on Indigenous Research Ethics” that took place February 18-20th, 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The goal of Session 2 was to understand how Indigenous values and methodologies inform policies and practices implemented by universities, researchers and Aboriginal communities, drawing on conceptual approaches and practical examples

Session 2 Speakers and Presentation Titles:

  1. Dismantling Eurocentricism – Indigenous research prompts value transformations in knowledge discourses by Dr. Margaret Kovach, Professor, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan
  2. When Research Involves Indigenous Communities How Can Research Ethics Boards Contribute Positively? by Eugenie Lam, Research Ethics Coordinator, Human Research Ethics Board Office, University of Victoria
  3. International Instruments and Indigenous Research in Canada: A Tale of Four United Nations Agreements by Yvonne Vizina, Doctoral Student, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan
  4. Indigenous Peace in Research by Dr. Shaun Hains, Educator, Edmonton Public Schools
  5. Fostering Better Collaboration with Nuu-chah-nulth Social Contract Theory by Eli Enns, North American Coodinator, ICCA Consortium Tribal Parks and Research Associate, POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, University of Victoria
  6. Sovereignty-Driven Research Ethics: Beyond Baseline Compliance, Consent, and Limitation of Liability by Dr. John Welch (Discussant), Professor, School of Resource and Environmental Management and Department of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University 

The conference brought together 80 community-engaged academic and community researchers, educators, practitioners, policy analysts and research administrators from across Canada to explore what it really means – and what it takes – to work collaboratively in Indigenous research.

The event was organized by the Intellectual Property in Cultural Heritage (IPinCH) project based at Simon Fraser University and co-sponsored by the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance and the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria, and the Ethics Program of the International Society of Ethnobiology Alliance for Biocultural Diversity. Major funding was provided through an Impact (Partnership) Award to the IPinCH project from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSRHC).

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