1. Can guidance in Chapter 9 for research involving FNIM peoples also apply to other communities? (March 2012)
Chapter 9 on research involving the First Nations, Inuit and Métis (FNIM) peoples of Canada acknowledges the unique status of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada as recognized and affirmed in the Constitution Act, 1982, and their experience with research historically. While Chapter 9 is designed to guide research involving those communities, its discussion of respectful relationships, collaboration and engagement between researchers and participants may also be an important source of guidance for research involving other distinct communities. The need to respect a community’s cultural traditions, customs and codes of practice extends beyond FNIM communities. Research ethics boards and researchers may draw on articles of Chapter 9 that are of specific relevance to the particular community involved in the research.