Indigenous Research at Memorial
Memorial is committed to strengthening Indigenous research, including establishing methods to ensure appropriate consultation and engagement with Indigenous communities and government leaders prior to and during the initial stages of research on both community-identified and outside researcher-led initiatives.
Indigenous research, whether research on Indigenous peoples and Lands done by settler researchers or by Indigenous researchers, is a focal point for expression, concern, attention and most importantly, action, for truth and reconciliation.
Memorial recognizes the critical role of educators, researchers, and university administrators in the work of truth, reconciliation and a renewed relationship with Indigenous peoples, including with our own Indigenous faculty, staff and students. We recognize that research processes and results bear significantly on the lives of Indigenous students, families, communities and governments.
The resources on this webpage focus on research with, by, for, and on Indigenous peoples that emphasizes engagement based on understanding and respect. At the same time, we work to move beyond individual respect and understanding towards structural, ideological, institutional, and methodological change. We follow Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami’s National Inuit Strategy on Research, Memorial’s own Office of Aboriginal Affairs’ Indigenization consultations and other Indigenous-led directives to guide us through these changes.