Indigenous Research Ethics Resources


As a provincial organization, our work extends across many Indigenous lands and territories throughout British Columbia. We acknowledge with respect and humility that our Vancouver offices are located on the traditional and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Welcome to our new page for Indigenous Research Ethics Resources. This page was developed based on current resources on our website as well as learning materials gathered by our team. We are sharing a suite of Indigenous resources to support research ethics board members, administrators, and BC’s health research community at large to work with Indigenous peoples in respectful and inclusive ways and implement ethical research. We feel it is important to highlight the excellent existing resources as well as provide support to the REBC Network and connected community.

Resources By Topic

We are pleased to offer a range of Indigenous research ethics materials. This section contains valuable information, articles, guidance documents, webinars and links to training courses. We are always updating this section and look forward to expanding our resources. 

Indigenous Community Research Ethics

Many First Nations in British Columbia have processes for reviewing and approving research activities within their communities. Some intersect with institutions that are part of the Research Ethics BC Network, others are independent. It is important for researchers and REBs to recognize and respect community self-determination in all aspects of research including ethics review. Part of this is being aware of examples of Indigenous-led Community Research Ethics from the BC region. We look forward to growing this section along with the rest of our resources. 

For now, we would like to highlight four examples:

Interactive Map

The First Peoples’ Map can be used to view Indigenous language regions, artists and artworks, place names and community landmarks. You can hear the pronunciation of language names, greetings, places and more. All of the 34 languages Indigenous to what is now called British Columbia are represented. This fantastic resource was created by The First Peoples’ Cultural Council (FPCC), for more information on the map please click here.

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