Conducting Research with Aboriginal Communities in Atlantic Canada

Report
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
Greetings from the UAKN Atlantic
Executive Committee and guests…
Outline
 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
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
 Community-driven research
 Protection
 Fairness
 Respect
 Honesty
 Community relevance & practicality
UAKN Atlantic Ethical
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
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
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 …
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 …
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:wi Lahache: NB Department of Education
and Early Childhood Development
Keeping the research community-driven
 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 …
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”
 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”…
 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
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
Dr. Verlé Harrop
[email protected]
506 453 4550
www.UAKN.org

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