Research and ReconciliationPosted on June 10, 2019
Throughout history, health research has largely ignored Indigenous people’s perspectives and knowledge. Outside researchers have often proceeded without engaging with, or gaining informed consent from, the communities or individuals.
The Manitoulin Anishnaabek Research Review Committee (MARRC) serves as a community research ethics board for the First Nation communities of Manitoulin Island.
The committee, chaired by Dr. Lorrilee McGregor, Assistant Professor of Indigenous Health at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, is comprised of representatives from the Manitoulin First Nation communities including Elders, academic and community researchers, and representatives from Indigenous organizations. The MARRC evaluates proposed research projects on Manitoulin Island to ensure they respect Anishinaabek values and reflect the communities’ vision for culturally appropriate research.
“Research is supposed to be about healing; we’re not supposed to be re-traumatizing people,” says McGregor. “When we evaluate a research project, we’re looking at how our communities are going to be protected. What is the researcher’s approach in terms of the Seven Grandfather Teachings? How are they going to act when they’re in the communities? Are there going to be improvements in health as a result of this research?”
Learn more about Dr. Lorrilee McGregor’s work with the Manitoulin Anishnaabek Research Review Committee in the latest issue of The Scope.