|Questions Aimed at Researchers||Observations and Lessons Learned|
|Why don’t researchers collaborate on research studies more often?||• Incorporating capacity building helps to facilitate intergenerational success.|
• Research partnerships with community can offer capacity building opportunities for community members and researchers alike.
• Leadership from community is needed to establish standards for co-facilitated studies.
|Whose research is it?||• Indigenous community and researchers must discuss and be transparent about who benefits and how research process and findings will be shared.|
• How Indigenous people and communities are portrayed is very important. Elders and other Indigenous counsellors must be involved to ensure that representations and descriptions of people and culture are appropriate.
• Research should be strengths-based. A problem-based approach with a focus on negatives and challenges, is not helpful.
|Why aren’t researchers taking time to understand how the present reality is connected to our history?||• Researchers must take time to learn the history of Indigenous people/communities.|
• Knowing history can put current realities into context.
• Researchers need to participate in community events and invite community members to be part of research events, to honour one another’s ways.
|Why aren’t researchers interested in having a long- term relationships with us?||• Indigenous people trust researchers that demonstrate that they genuinely care about the (Indigenous) community, sustained over time.|
• Researchers that genuinely care are interested in getting to know the specific Indigenous community, what the community has been through, and know how to be respectful.