SESSION 3: Overcoming Challenges to Collaboration

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Working Better Together Conference
February 19, 2015

This video is a record of “Session 3: Overcoming Challenges to Collaboration: Innovative Agreements and Partnership Arrangements” 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 3 was to highlight some legal and institutional challenges with implementing the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS2) in academic and other Indigenous research contexts, explore how TCPS2 principles can guide collaborative research in organizations not bound by Tri-Council policy, and examine innovative solutions.

Session 3 Speakers and Presentation Titles:

  1. Legal Contexts for Implementing Ethical Aspirations in TCPS 2 by Catherine Bell, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta
  2. Ethical Considerations and Challenges When Combining Indigenous Traditional Medicine and Evidence-Based Biomedical Science by Dr. Pierre Haddad, Professor and Principal, CIHR Team in Aboriginal Antidiabetic Medicines, Université de Montréal
  3. Taking Responsibility, Building Relationship in the Coast Salish Way by Dr. Ewa Czaykowska-Higgins, Professor, UVic and Deanna Daniels, (former) Steering Committee Chair, Coast Salish Language Revitalization CURA Project, University of Victoria
  4. Ktunaxa Research Ethics Policy in the Making by Craig Paskin, Manager of Policy and Planning, Lands and Resources Sector, Ktunaxa Nation Council
  5. Challenges & Strategies for Building Ethical Space in Diverse Stakeholder Collaborations by Dr. Nicole Aylwin (Discussant), Acting Executive Director, Canadian Forum on Civil Justice

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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