Abstract

Currently, there is a need for implementing ethical, culturally safe practices when engaging in research with Indigenous communities. As a result, best practices in culturally-safe Indigenous health research have been created to mitigate the existing barriers in health and health research stemming from Canada’s colonial history. This article includes a brief examination of those best practices, including community-based participatory research, OCAP® principles, knowledge translation, and positioning communities as co-researchers. Furthermore, it provides an overview of a community-based research project that examines community members’ knowledge of and experiences with dementia. The central themes that emerged during this project are also discussed, reaffirming the need for a culturally safe dementia research model in Indigenous communities.

Acknowledgments

We would like to thank the Canadian Consortium of Neurodegeneration and Aging for their investment in our research. Without their generous support, we would not have been able to extend our research into the communities and collaborate with the File Hills Qu'Appelle Tribal Council. We would also like to thank the File Hills Qu'Appelle Tribal Council for all of their dedicated work in assisting us with our community-based project and research. Our research team would also like to acknowledge the File Hills Qu'Appelle Tribal Council Community Research Advisory Committee, comprised of Elders, nurses, health directors, and community members. Without the guidance and support of this committee, we would not have been able to engage in the community in an ethical and inclusive way. Finally, we would like to extend our sincerest thanks and gratitude to all of the participants who shared their stories and granted us the permission to share their words with others.

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.


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