Funding and Ethics in Métis Community Based Research

The Complications of a Contemporary Context

  • Mike Evans
    Southern Cross University
  • Chris Anderson
    University of Alberta
  • Devin Dietrich
    National Aboriginal Health Organization, Canada
  • Carrie Bourassa
    First Nations University of Canada
  • Tricia Logan
    Canadian Museum for Human Rights
  • Lawrence D Berg
    University of British Columbia
  • Elizabeth Devolder
    University of British Columbia


Recent ethical guidelines developed by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research along with the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans stress the importance of Aboriginal community engagement in research. Although these are positive changes meant to ensure respectful and responsive research relationships between communities and researchers, the understanding of 'community' employed by the new guidelines is problematic. In this sense, the guidelines rely on hegemonic understandings of what it is to be an Aboriginal person in Canada, as well as white spatial imaginaries of Aboriginal geographies. In this way, the guidelines codify Aboriginality and its spatiality as that of well-structured, landed, bounded and distinct rural communities. However, the contemporary Métis communities with whom the authors have worked rarely fit into hegemonic imaginaries of Aboriginality and its geographies in Canada. Rather, Métis communities are often institutionally weak, geographically dispersed and sociologically complex. Thus, we argue that the guidelines instantiate a territorialisation of society and space that risks re-marginalising Métis communities.

Published: 2012-01-01
Pages:54 to 66
Section: Articles
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Evans, M., Anderson, C., Dietrich, D., Bourassa, C., Logan, T., Berg, L. D., & Devolder, E. (2012). Funding and Ethics in Métis Community Based Research: The Complications of a Contemporary Context. International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies, 5(1), 54-66.