Due to an increased interest in applicants joining CLEAR, and particularly those who are interested in working in the far north and Labrador, we have created guidelines for research with Indigenous Peoples:
CLEAR guidelines for research with Indigenous Peoples:
1) We study with Indigenous peoples, rather than studying them or their ways;
2) We have to be invited by an Indigenous group in the first instance. Ideally, we are invited in the first instance, rather than requesting and being granted collaboration;
3) Only Indigenous people study Indigenous peoples. As such, we prioritize the recruitment of Indigenous researchers, from undergraduate research assistants to graduate students to community-based researchers;
4) Ethics clearance from Aboriginal Nations is required for all and any research in established territories, even if not required by the university;
5) All protocols for removing animals, plants, or other objects from the Land, and listening to elders and Traditional knowledge holders must be observed. The lab grows tobacco and other gifts for this purpose.
Artwork by Christi Belcourt, “Honouring the Spirit“