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Carleton University Institute Aims to Improve Partnerships between Researchers and Indigenous Communities

Carleton University Institute Aims to Improve Partnerships between Researchers and Indigenous Communities

Registration is now open: Carleton University Institute for Ethical Research with Indigenous Peoples

In the era of reconciliation, researchers are asking themselves tough questions about how they work with Indigenous communities. This summer, Carleton University is pleased to announce that it will once again host its week-long Institute for Ethical Research with Indigenous Peoples (CUIERIP).

The institute is steeped in culture as Inuit, Metis, and First Nation elders preside over the week’s workshops and share the unique knowledge, cultural practices and histories of their peoples. Leading Canadian scholars who specialize in ethical research with Indigenous peoples will be on hand to provide valuable guidelines, while practitioners will share best practices.

Research partnerships are often fraught with challenges as cultural and institutional barriers persist. The institute teaches culturally appropriate ways to approach communities, develop research agreements, adopt appropriate research models and share findings.

Quick Facts:

  • Indigenous peoples are some of the most researched peoples in Canada.
  • The Truth and Reconciliation Commission report made recommendations on ways ethical research can contribute to reconciliation.
  • CUIERIP is open to all types of researchers, whether academic or non-academic (health, government, community based).
  • 2017 will mark the fourth year this institute is offered.
  • Participants who successfully complete the program will earn a certificate from Carleton University.

A successful graduate: Lindsay Croxall

University of Ottawa graduate student Lindsay Croxall successfully adopted the skills she learned at last year’s institute to help two Ontario Indigenous communities draft research agreements with researchers. These agreements provided peace of mind to the community about what would happen to the data they contributed and how it could be used in the future. In the end, the agreement ensured better research and community outcomes for everyone.

“The Institute helped me learn the value of research agreements. I was surprised by the challenges these communities face when it comes to working with researchers. Not everyone has their best interests at heart,” Croxall said. “This process helped me learn about the communities’ ethical protocols and allowed me to set deadlines that met crucial research demands.”

This year’s institute will take place June 4 to June 9, 2017. All those interested in attending are welcome to attend. More information can be found at:

Media Contact
Steven Reid
Media Relations Officer
Carleton University
613-520-2600, ext. 8718

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