Workshop 4: Asking difficult questions in research involving Indigenous Peoples
10:30 - 11:15
Island Health and the Penelakut First Nation are collaborating to understand the experiences of patients receiving care from a clinical pharmacist. In writing the ethics submission, we first sought to better understand the traditions of the Penelakut First Nation. This involved sharing, understanding and communicating with key members of the First Nation leadership as well as Penelakut Clinic health care providers. These discussions involved researchers asking difficult questions about the traumatic history of the Penelakut First Nation as well as hearing the emotionally heavy stories from providers of the health clinic and members of the Penelakut First Nation. These discussions were possible with the understanding that the researchers are here to listen and to walk with members of the Penelakut Tribe on a shared journey of understanding and healing.
This work is a potentially unique example of collaborative, patient-oriented, and culturally safe research done in a good and ethical way. It respects the right of ownership, access, control and possession of data for First Nations communities, and goes further to incorporate indigenous cultural practices into the research protocol, building a trustful and a sustainable relationship. Our workshop will include strategies to engaging in a meaningful, open and understanding dialogue with representatives of Indigenous groups who have experienced trauma. Moreover, our workshop will outline the process of including cultural traditions within your research protocol with the intent of providing the best possible culturally sensitive support to your study participants. This workshop hopes to engage other researchers in a positive dialogue on integrating cultural sensitivity within their research. We look forward to presenting this work and to share our learning with all of you.
Keywords: Understanding, collaboration, culturally-informed care