Ethics and Research with Aboriginal Communities

This paper is based on ethical principles introduced in a chapter by Marc G. Stevenson entitled Negotiating Research Relationships with Aboriginal Communities: Ethical Considerations and Principles (Stevenson and Natcher 2009: 197-210). The reader is encouraged to consult this work for a better understanding of the full context in which these ethical principles were first presented. The following principles have been prepared to assist researchers and research partners conduct research involving Aboriginal peoples. The intent of the principles is to promote research that is scientifically and culturally competent, is in keeping with Aboriginal values and traditions, and is mutually beneficial and empowering to both Canada’s Aboriginal and research communities. Adherence to these principles will also facilitate, in the context of research, the reconciliation of Aboriginal rights and interests with those of other Canadians.

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