2nd Seminar on the Ethics of Research with Aboriginal Peoples
Sixty-five persons participated in the 2nd Seminar on the ethics of research with Aboriginal Peoples at Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT). The Aboriginal communities and organizations, the researchers, the professors and the students who attended the seminar identified possible solutions to address the proposals formulated in Chapter 9 of the 2010 edition of the Tri-Council Policy Statement on Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans, related to Aboriginal Peoples. The aim of this seminar was to determine how to concretely apply the recommendations in the Policy Statement while meeting the needs, wishes and expectations of Aboriginal communities and organizations.
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UQAT pays particular attention to the needs of the First Peoples with regard to research. It insists on respecting their research principles and processes, and wants to establish and maintain research partnerships with the First Peoples.
These partnerships were established to explore different areas, such as education, the environment and social development, in cooperation with Aboriginal communities. In the field of education, researchers are focusing their efforts on teacher training and the preservation of the ancestral language. In the field of the environment, research efforts are concentrated on the contribution of traditional knowledge to the governance of the territory and of resources. In social development, research is oriented towards intercultural relations, ancestral memory, social dynamics and health.
The partnerships developed between the UQAT and the First Peoples have resulted in the creation of several research teams, including URFDEMIA (Unité the recherche, de formation et de développement en milieu inuit et amérindien), which supports various educational projects arising from the needs of Aboriginal communities; and the Canada Chair in Aboriginal Forestry, which brings traditional knowledge into focus and values Aboriginal perspective in the elaboration of sustainable forest management strategies through a participative approach.
Several researchers at UQAT are members of the Research and Knowledge Network Relating to Aboriginal Peoples (DIALOG) and of the Interuniversity Centre for Aboriginal Studies and Research (CIERA).