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Conducting Research with Aboriginal Communities in Atlantic Canada. By Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network (UAKN) Atlantic Research Centre Executive Committee Members. For The CAURA East & CAREB Atlantic Conference UNB Fredericton NB, Nov 21-22 2013.

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Conducting research with aboriginal communities in atlantic canada

Conducting Research with Aboriginal Communities in Atlantic Canada

By

Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network (UAKN)

Atlantic Research Centre Executive Committee Members

For

The CAURA East & CAREB Atlantic Conference

UNB Fredericton NB, Nov 21-22 2013



Outline
Outline guests…

  • Introduce UAKN Atlantic

  • UAKN’s Guiding Ethical Principles & funding criteria

  • Lisa Jodoin & Patsy McKinney: living examples of what constitutes community engagement

  • Reviewing research proposals: identifying “red flags”

  • REB guidance for researchers

  • Reflections & questions


Uakn overview
UAKN Overview guests…

The goal of the UAKN is to be a durable research infrastructure that focuses attention on urban Aboriginal concerns and contributes to a better quality of life for Aboriginal people living in cities and towns by:

  • Funding high-quality, policy-relevant community driven research undertaken in partnership between UAKN Regional Research Centres and the community -- that bring together urban Aboriginal communities, academic and government perspectives; and by

  • Engaging Aboriginal community stakeholders, government and academics in an ongoing dialogue on policy priorities and research needs.


Uakn guiding ethical principles
UAKN Guiding Ethical Principles guests…

  • Community-driven research

  • Protection

  • Fairness

  • Respect

  • Honesty

  • Community relevance & practicality


Uakn atlantic ethical research funding criteria
UAKN Atlantic Ethical guests…Research Funding Criteria

  • Community-driven (community-based & community-paced)

  • Team: community-partner, academic, elder, government, student, community researcher, government representative; promotes KSTE

  • Chapter 9: TCPS 2 Research Agreement

  • Builds research capacity: “research by” vs. “research on”

  • Grounded in a historical/broader context

  • Appropriate REB processes


What constitutes community engagement living examples
What Constitutes Community Engagement: Living Examples guests…

Lisa Jeanne Jodoin, PhD Candidate UNB, Principle Investigator

“Navigating government services: the "lived experience" of young urban Aboriginal families residing in Fredericton NB”

Patsy McKinney, Executive Director, Under One Sky Head Start and Chair National Aboriginal Head Start Council

“Grounding the work of urban Aboriginal early child development programs: development of a culturally appropriate parent/family/community engagement (PFC-E) framework and suite of meaningful PFC-E indicators”


Navigating government services project description
“Navigating Government Services” Project Description guests…

As evidenced in the Bernard Richard report on First Nations child welfare in New Brunswick (2010), Aboriginal families face many challenges navigating government services and all too often fall through the cracks. This proposed research deepens our understanding of this population and the challenges they face in relation to the system by asking questions such as:

“In what ways are government services working effectively to meet the needs of off-reserve aboriginal families in Fredericton?”; “In what ways are government services not working effectively for off-reserve families?”; and “How can we improve services for urban Aboriginal people in Fredericton?”


Community partners
Community Partners … guests…

Patsy McKinney – Under One Sky Head Start

Jenny Perley (Community Researcher) – Under One Sky Head Start

Carol Labillois-Slocum – New Brunswick Aboriginal People’s Council

Wendy Wetteland – New Brunswick Aboriginal People’s Council

Amanda Leblanc – New Brunswick Aboriginal People’s Council

Shelley Germain – Gignoo Transition House

Gary Gould – Skigin-Elnoog Housing Corporation


Government partners
Government Partners … guests…

Carla Gregan-Burns – NB Department of Social Development

Bill MacKenzie – NB Department of Social Development

Blake McNeil – NB Department of Social Development

Louise Hale Finley – NB Department of Social Development

Donna Wahienha:wiLahache: NB Department of Education and Early Childhood Development


Keeping the research community driven
Keeping the research community-driven guests…

  • The research question was developed by the community

  • The TCPS 2 Research Agreement

  • Community researcher

  • Focus group follow up meetings to ensure accuracy of data and to foster community engagement

  • Collaborative analysis of data

  • Collaborative drafting of final report

  • Impact – follow up work to ensure the research makes real change for the community


Living example 2 national uakn rfp submission
Living Example #2: guests…National UAKN RFP Submission …

Patsy McKinney, Executive Director, Under One Sky Head Start and Chair National Aboriginal Head Start Council

Research Proposal Title: “Grounding the work of urban Aboriginal early child development programs: development of a culturally appropriate parent/family/community engagement (PFC-E) framework and suite of meaningful PFC-E indicators”


Research proposal red flags
Research Proposal: “ guests…Red Flags”

  • Not community-driven; limited community engagement

  • Issues that can be misconstrued

  • Feeds into existing stereotypes

  • System-centric not person/community/people-centric

  • Culturally inappropriate

  • Methodology: inclusion/exclusion: power/control

  • People/persons not involved in a good way (apathy)

  • Outcomes: nothing done with the results, KT


Reb guidance for researchers conducting research with aboriginal communities
REB Guidance for Researchers “ guests…conducting research with Aboriginal communities”…

  • Colonial language (on the part of the researcher & REB)

  • Acknowledge the community’s history & its impact on proposed program of research

  • Community-driven; community-based & community-paced, not researcher-driven (ask,“Who has control?)

  • Inclusive TEAM approach supporting KTSE, good policy development and policy/practice implementation

  • Chapter 9: TCPS 2 Research Agreement

  • Build the community’s research capacity


Questions discussion
Questions & Discussion guests…

Discussants/UAKN Atlantic Executive Committee Members:

  • Patsy McKinney, Executive Director, Under One Sky Head Start, Fredericton, NB

  • Lisa Jeanne Jodoin, PhD Candidate & PI UAKN Atlantic funded research project, Fredericton, NB

  • Verlé Harrop, Director UAKN Atlantic, UNB Fredericton


Contact info resource
Contact Info & Resource guests…

Dr. Verlé Harrop

[email protected]

506 453 4550

www.UAKN.org


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