Working Better Together Conference on Indigenous Research Ethics

From February 18-20th, community-engaged academic and community researchers, educators, practitioners, policy analysts and research administrators gathered in Vancouver, British Columbia to explore what it really means – and what it takes – to work collaboratively in Indigenous research.

The Working Better Together Conference on Indigenous Research Ethics explored the dynamic intersection of policies, procedures, practices, and philosophies of contemporary Indigenous research ethics. The conference goal was to create a space for timely exchanges and thoughtful reflections that will inform contemporary Indigenous research ethics thought, policy and practice. The event had an interactive format designed to support networking and resource sharing. It was intended for those prepared to actively share their experience and expertise as well as to learn from what is shared by others.

The size and location of the gathering were purposely chosen to facilitate beneficial group interactions. 80 participants were hosted in the conference venue, the Listel Hotel, a comfortable space with a touch of west coast flair, conveniently located in downtown Vancouver.

The conference was organized by the Intellectual Property in Cultural Heritage (IPinCH) project based at Simon Fraser University and funded in part through an Impact (Partnership) Award from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSRHC). It was co-sponsored by the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance and the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria, and the Ethics Program of the International Society of Ethnobiology Alliance for Biocultural Diversity.

The Conference Planning Team included:

The following individuals contributed invaluable support services to the event:

  • Kristen Dobbin (IPinCH Communications Specialist) – conference communications, photography, and video support
  • Megan Spencer (Conference Reporting Assistant) – record keeping, transcription and editorial support
  • Aynur Kadir (PhD student, SFU Making Culture Lab) – conference photography, videography and video editing
  • Rachel Ward (PhD student, SFU Making Culture Lab) – video editing
  • Jeremy Mamisao (Active Ingredient Creative Studio) – video editing
  • Sam Bradd (Drawing Change) – graphic recording

Please explore our webpages for more information about this unique event.