Indigenous Research Ethics

For research involving Indigenous peoples, please review the Dalhousie Research Ethics application instructions.

A Collaborative Research Agreement (CRA) or evidence of community engagement will be required to accompany Dalhousie Research Ethics Board (REB) applications for research involving Indigenous peoples and/or communities. The CRA outlines the nature and commitment of the partnerships and reflects the ethical considerations addressed in the overall REB application, including, but not limited to, research conduct, data-management plan, or data security. Read more in section 2.11.3 of the Guidance for Submitting an Application for Research Ethics Review For Prospective Research [PDF - 319 KB].

The Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS 2) - Chapter 9: Research Involving the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada serves as a framework for the ethical conduct of research involving Indigenous peoples. Refer to the Dalhousie Research Ethics application instructions for further information. 

Read the Mi’kmaq Research Principles and Protocols – Conducting Research with/or Among Mi’kmaw People policy.


Indigenous Community Ethics

Researchers should verify if the community or organization partner requires their own research ethics application and approval as well. Here are some examples of community ethics and protocols:

Ensures the highest standards of research involving collective Mi’kmaw knowledge, culture, arts, spirituality, or traditions. Research that impacts treaty or Aboriginal rights is reviewed by Mi'kmaq Ethics Watch.

Provides guidance in the development of Mi’kmaq Ecological Knowledge Studies (MEKS), including clarification on the expectation of the Assembly. MEK is unique information that Mi’kmaq possess in regards to the lands, waters, plants and various animal species

An independent body that reviews the PEI First Nations research proposals to determine ethical implications, assure the safety and rights of participants, and eliminate redundant research studies.

Promotes a shared understanding of the legacy of Inuit Nunangat research and connects this legacy to current research practices, defines Inuit expectations for the role of research in our communities, and identifies areas for action between Inuit and the research community.