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Implementing the Tri-Council Policy on Ethical Research Involving Indigenous Peoples in Canada: So, How’s That Going in Mi’kma’ki?


The 2010 edition of the Tri-Council Policy Statement on Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans introduced a new chapter, titled "Research Involving the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada." The goal of our study was to explore how this chapter is being implemented in research involving Mi’kmaw communities in Nova Scotia. Qualitative data from four groups—health researchers, research ethics board representatives, financial services administrators, and Mi’kmaw community health directors—revealed that while the chapter is useful in navigating this ethical space, there is room for improvement. The challenges they encountered were not insurmountable; with political will from the academy and with guidance from Indigenous community health and research leaders solutions to these barriers can be achieved.


We thank all of those who volunteered to participate in this study, the anonymous peer reviewers, Professor Emeritus Fred Wien for his insightful comments on earlier drafts of this work, as well as Paul Sylvestre and Rob Stefanelli of the HEC Lab for their editorial assistance. Our research protocol was reviewed by the Mi’kmaw Ethics Watch and the Dalhousie University Research Ethics Board. Funding for the research was provided through a Scholarship from the Atlantic Aboriginal Health Research Program (Moore) and through a Catalyst Grant in Ethics (Application #246507) from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Castleden & Martin).

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