First NameALIYA
Last NamePARDHAN
EmailAliapardhan@uoguelph.ca
Supervisor NameDr. Ricardo Ramirez
UniversityThe University of Guelph
CountryCanada
Keywordscultural world, self determination, data collection, participant roles,
DegreeMasters
DomainScience

EXPLORING KEY STAKEHOLDER PERSPECTIVES FOR A COLLABORATIVE FIRST NATION RESEARCH PROTOCOL

Abstract

This thesis proposes a set of recommendations to assist the Keewaytinook Okimakanak Research Institute (KORI) in developing codes of conduct of research with the First Nation. It places the discussion of research ethics in the context of cultural world view and the struggle for selfdetermination as peoples and nations. It affirms that the First Nation Peoples have a right to participate as partners in research that generates knowledge affecting their culture, identity and well-being. To provide the context and rational for the recommendations presented, the thesis outlines how ethics are framed in the First Nation with respect to research design, informed consent, entry into the field, confidentiality, approaches to data collection, participant roles, ownership of data and dissemination of results. The thesis also describes how First Nation perceptions of reality and ethical behavior contrast with the norms prevailing in western research. The perspective of community ethics suggests that representation of multiple voices, enhancement of moral discernment, building capacity, empowerment, and self-advocacy need to be critical components of research. This study emphasizes that the research process needs to be reciprocal and collaborative, with communities, researchers, research organizations, academic institutions, research councils and funding agencies working together to shape the conception,definition and direction of research in the North.

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