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2016 Indigenous Research Gathering

2016 Indigenous Research Gathering

June 23-24, 2016

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) was proud to host the Indigenous Research Gathering 2016 on the Traditional Territory of the Anishinabek Peoples of Baawaating and where the Métis have lived for generations. It was amazing to see over 100 delegates, speakers, and community members come together to discuss research and research practices and talk about building research programs—in a respectful way—that will have a positive impact on the health of Indigenous communities. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work in the community and on this important Traditional Territory.

NOSM has hosted a number of Gatherings, however this was only the second Gathering that was held specifically to talk about research. The Indigenous Research Gathering 2016 was part of a week of research and educational activities hosted by NOSM and provided an opportunity for attendees to share time and thoughts with other researchers from around the world and highlight some of the research being conducted by Indigenous researchers in Northern Ontario. The Gathering featured presentations and talks by Indigenous researchers, which focused on research having a positive impact on communities and the practical approaches that have facilitated this research. We heard the importance of research being led from the community and about the importance of education, language, Traditional Knowledge, and ceremony—all components of successful research programs.  The Gathering was also an opportunity to reflect on the past and hardships related to both research and educational practices.

Dr. Penny Moody-Corbett, former NOSM Associate Dean, Research
Ms. Tina Armstrong, former Director, Indigenous Affairs