Writing policy that applies to First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada has become more interactive as communities and their representative organizations press for practical recognition of an Aboriginal right of self-determination. When the policy in development is aimed at supporting “respect for human dignity” as it is in the case of ethics of research involving humans, the necessity of engaging the affected population becomes central to the undertaking.


Views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not represent positions of the Interagency Advisory Panel and Secretariat on Research Ethics, the Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health or CIHR, NSERC or SSHRC.

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