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Memorial has a new record-setting Indigenous research policy – University Affairs

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by ahnationtalk on September 10, 2020399 Views

The university sought out feedback from thousands of people in creating its new policy on research impacting Indigenous groups.

SEP 10 2020

Memorial University has adopted a new policy that will significantly change how research involving Indigenous people is conducted. The Policy on Research Impacting Indigenous Groups sets out to make scholarship involving Indigenous groups, cultures or lands more inclusive, responsive and reciprocal than previously required, and encourages relationship-building at every step of the research process.

Max Liboiron identified the need for a standalone policy tailored to the university’s research environment early in her two-year appointment as associate vice-president, Indigenous research (her appointment ended this August). “I decided that we needed something very concrete,” Dr. Liboiron says. “Not awareness, not workshops, not bias training, but something that actually had accountability built in, because accountability was where we were really suffering.”

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