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Applying OCAP® to College Research in Central Alberta
The focus for this project was to discover the best practices for adopting OCAP® while also looking for gaps in that knowledge, especially as they relate to the process of research ethics review. Key messages: the relationship between the researcher and the community is key to ethical research practice ; a strong disconnect exists between community practices and institutional policies and practices ; there is a need to be flexible in how traditional ethical principles are applied and implemented in Indigenous research, and to broaden the consideration of ethical questions to long after a specific research project has concluded ; thoughtful and thorough consideration of how language structures meaning and understanding needs to be a part of the research process when Indigenous peoples and communities are impacted ; definitions of “community” are far more complex than the current guidance documents suggest. Funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. A Knowledge Synthesis Grant was awarded in 2016.
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