Final Program


Special Pre-Conference Workshop on “Ethical Space” (Noon – 4 pm)

Registration table open for registration package pick up (4 – 6 pm)

Participants with display items or networking resources to share with other conference delegates were encouraged to bring their materials to the registration area at this time. A display and resource sharing table was maintained throughout the conference to assist with networking.

Meet and Greet pre-conference social (4:30 – 6 pm)

All participants welcome and encouraged to attend. Light refreshments provided.

Dinner on own for participants and time to enjoy Vancouver nightlife


Registration table open for registration package pick up (8 – 8:45 am)

Opening ceremony and welcome (9 am – 9:30 am)

  • Elder Victor Guerin, Musqueam First Nation
  • Andrew Petter, President and Vice-Chancellor, Simon Fraser University
  • George Nicholas, Project Director, IPinCH Project; Department of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University

Ts’lhnuts’umaat: Traditional teaching about being “the whole family” (9:30 – 9:45 am)

Conference overview (goals, program, logistics) (9:45 – 10:15 am)

Being in Movement Exercise (10:15 – 10:30 am)

Break (10:30 – 11 am)

Keynote presentations: Indigenous concepts and values informing contemporary research ethics in Canada (11am – Noon)

  • Willie Ermine, Department of Indigenous Languages, Arts and Cultures, First Nations University of Canada “Dancing Particles”
  • Marlene Brant Castellano, Aboriginal Council of Queen’s University “Reflections on the Evolving Dialogue on Indigenous Research Ethics”

Lunch provided (Noon – 1 pm)

Session 1: Implementing TCPS2 in Collaborative Indigenous Research – Policy, Funder, Institution and Project Perspectives (1:00 – 2:30 pm)

Goal: To lay out the Canadian policy landscape and explore interpretation and implementation of core ethical values of TCPS2 in Aboriginal Research at various levels within the academic system. Presentations followed by short table activity to capture “sticky issues on sticky notes”.

Speakers and Resource People:

  • Susan Zimmerman, Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research “Research involving First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples – Genesis of a chapter”
  • Jim Frideres, National Panel on Research Ethics (PRE) “Inside Out: A New Aboriginal Paradigm for a Code of Ethics”
  • Gail Zboch, Research Grants and Partnerships, SSHRC “Initiatives to Support Aboriginal Research and Talent Development”
  • Jeff Toward, Office of Research Ethics, Simon Fraser University “Square Peg in a Round Hole”
  • George Nicholas, Project Director, IPinCH Project; Department of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University “Lessons Learned from University-based Collaborative Research with Indigenous Partners” (Discussant)

Break (2:30 – 3 pm)

Session 2: Actualizing Indigenous Values and Methodologies in Ethics Policy-making and Practice (3:00 – 5:30 pm)

Goal: To understand how Indigenous values and methodologies inform policies and practices implemented by universities, researchers and Aboriginal communities, drawing on conceptual approaches and practical examples. Presentations followed by concurrent breakouts.

Speakers and Resource People:

  • Margaret Kovach, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan “Dismantling eurocentricism – “Indigenous Research Prompts Value Transformations in Knowledge Discourses”
  • Eugenie Lam, Human Research Ethics Board Office, University of Victoria “When Research Involves Indigenous Communities How Can Research Ethics Boards Contribute Positively?”
  • Yvonne Vizina, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan “International Instruments and Indigenous Research in Canada: A Tale of Four United Nations Agreements”
  • Shaun Hains, Edmonton Public Schools ”Indigenous Peace in Research”
  • Eli Enns, ICCA Consortium Tribal Parks “Fostering Better Collaboration through Nuu-chah-nulth Social Contract Theory”
  • John Welch School of Resource and Environmental Management and Department of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University “Sovereignty-Driven Research Ethics: Beyond Baseline Compliance, Consent, and Limitation of Liability” (Discussant)

Day 1 Wrap up (5:30 – 6:00 pm)

Dinner on own for participants and time to enjoy Vancouver night life.


Refreshments (8:00 – 8:30 am)

Welcome Back and Gallery Walk (8:30 – 9:30 am)

  • Elder Florence James, Penelakut Island, Coast Salish Nation
  • Sam Bradd, Drawing Change, Conference Graphic Recorder

Session 3: Overcoming Challenges to Collaboration: Innovative Agreements and Partnership Arrangements  (9:30 – Noon, with break)

Goal: To highlight some legal and institutional challenges with implementing TCPS2 in academic and other Indigenous research contexts, explore how TCPS2 principles can guide collaborative research in organizations not bound by Tri-Council policy, and examine innovative solutions. Presentations followed by concurrent breakouts.

Speakers and Resource People:

  • Catherine Bell, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta “Legal Contexts for Implementing Ethical Aspirations in TCPS 2”
  • Pierre Haddad, CIHR Team in Aboriginal Antidiabetic Medicines, Université de Montréal “Ethical Considerations And Challenges When Combining Indigenous Traditional Medicine And Evidence-Based Biomedical Science”
  • Ewa Czaykowska-Higgins and Deanna Daniels, Coast Salish Language Revitalization CURA Project, University of Victoria “Taking Responsibility, Building Relationship in the Coast Salish Way”
  • Craig Paskin, Lands and Resources Sector, Ktunaxa Nation Council “Ktunaxa Research Ethics Policy in the Making”
  • Nicole Aylwin, Canadian Forum on Civil Justice “Challenges & Strategies for Building Ethical Space in Diverse Stakeholder Collaborations” (Discussant)

Lunch provided (Noon – 1 pm)

Session 4: Continuing Education and Innovation in Research Ethics Theory and Practice  (1 – 3 pm)

Goal: To explore the essential complementary role of education and educational tools in understanding and promoting ethical research practices. Presentations followed by concurrent breakouts.

Speakers and Resource People:

  • Susan Zimmerman, Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research ”Turning Theory into Practice – Efforts to support implementation of Chapter 9, TCPS 2”
  • Katherine Graham, Aboriginal Research Ethics Summer Institute, Carleton University “Building Connections to Foster Ethical Research Through the Carleton University Institute on the Ethics of Research with Indigenous Peoples (CUIERIP)”
  • Karine Gentelet, Université de Montréal “Toolbox of Principles for Research in Indigenous Contexts: Ethics, Respect, Equity, Reciprocity, Cooperation and Culture”
  • Shaun Hains, Edmonton Public Schools “Insights into Indigenous Learning”
  • Willie Ermine, Department of Indigenous Languages, Arts and Cultures, First Nations University of Canada (Discussant)

Break (3 – 3:30 pm)

Reflections and Conclusions (3:30 – 5:00 pm)

Special contributions (5:00 – 5:20 pm)

  • Mike McKenzie, Youth Representative, National Association of Friendship Centres
  • Vicki Kelly, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University and Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art
  • Elder Shaun Hains, Edmonton Public Schools

Closing (5:20 – 5:45 pm)

  • Joy Johnson, Vice-President Research, Simon Fraser University
  • Elder Florence James, Penelakut Island, Coast Salish Nation

Banquet (6:00 – 8:30 pm)