Respectful knowledge sharing between researchers and indigenous peoples
The First Peoples of Northern Quebec have a distinct, rich and time-honoured expertise of the lands, wildlife, and weather that surround them. This knowledge and skill-set must be respected, but also seriously accounted and considered, as much as Western knowledge, in northern research work.
Although some advancement has been made, Indigenous communities still have plenty to offer in order to fully integrate indigenous knowledge in research with respect to local customs and interests. Researchers wishing to integrate Indigenous knowledge into their research may not always know how to or where to access this very unique information.
In addition to a richer research content inclusive of Indigenous knowledge, it is also important to understand the positive impacts that may be brought to a community when hiring local members to conduct field work or interviews. The contribution and collaboration of these efforts tend to benefit all.
This workshop, organized by the INQ’s First Peoples Working Group, with funding from the Société du Plan Nord, and the Cree Nation Government, aims to exchange on the best practices of respectfully sharing this unique wealth of knowledge between researchers and Indigenous people. Through various presentations by researchers, Indigenous representatives and knowledge holders, the workshop will also allow participants to discuss ways to increase the participation and inclusion of Indigenous communities in research. The workshop will be held over two days and will gather approximately thirty participants, researchers from different fields, and members of the Indigenous communities of Northern Quebec.
Following the event, a report containing the results of these discussions will be published. This report will also contain recommendations on the tools to be put in place to enable greater community participation in research.