Through their research ethics initiatives, the Tri-Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) support an approach to research that encourages positive relations with indigenous peoples and builds bodies of knowledge that include an indigenous perspective and benefits Indigenous peoples.
An indigenous perspective not only includes a valuing of indigenous knowledge and worldviews, but also an understanding that their experience of colonization shapes their perspective. Linda Tuhiwai Smith, a Maori and a prominent indigenous scholar, describes indigenous experiences with research as ones that have created cynicism. Many indigenous peoples and researchers recognize the complex issues that arise from colonization, and have consequently developed protocols and processes to increase understandings, improve relationships, and foster participatory and respectful methods.
We hope that access to these resources promotes knowledge discovery, and translation and creative projects that uncover the practices and effects of colonization and that are meaningful to and create a better future for indigenous peoples.