Call for Nominations: Indigenous Partnership Research Award 2017

Lakehead University holds an annual Research and Innovation Week. This year’s event will take place from Friday, March 3rd to Thursday, March 9th, 2017.

The Office of Aboriginal Initiatives would like to celebrate the partnerships between Lakehead University researchers and Indigenous communities and organizations by offering an annual award for Indigenous Partnership Research. In the past, research has often been on Indigenous people(s), rather than with Indigenous people(s). Lakehead University believes that research partnerships that benefit both the researcher(s) and the Indigenous community are most likely to lead to more productive relationships with and improved conditions for Indigenous communities.

The Lakehead University Indigenous Partnership Research Award will be jointly awarded to a Lakehead University researcher or research team and a representative from their Indigenous partner(s), be it an individual, community or organization. The award consists of framed certificate and a $500 cheque, one for researchers and one for the Indigenous partner.

The award will be decided by a committee under the auspices of the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives and the Ogimaawin Aboriginal Governance Council (OAGC). Members will include the Vice-Provost Aboriginal Initiatives (or designate), the Vice-President Research and Innovation (or designate), an OAGC representative, an Indigenous student and an Indigenous faculty member.

Eligibility
  • A research project underway or completed in which a researcher or research team and an Indigenous person, community(ies) or organization(s), through a collaborative process, have demonstrated an improvement in the state of knowledge of the research community and improved conditions for Indigenous people.
  • If the nominee is an individual researcher they must be a Lakehead University faculty member; if the nominee is a research team, then at least one member of the team must be a Lakehead University faculty member who has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the research project.
Nomination Procedure

The attached nomination form must be completed, accompanied by letters from: 1) the nominator stating why the research project has been nominated, highlighting the positive outcomes of the research partnership; 2) from each researcher who is a part of the project describing the outcomes of the research partnership; 3) from the Indigenous partner describing the benefits of the research project; and 4) at least one additional letter of reference from individuals or groups knowledgeable about the research project, explaining why they support the nomination. Self-nominations are welcomed.

Deadline & Award Dates

Nomination and supporting letters must be received no later than January 31, 2017. Announcement of the award will be made during Research and Innovation week. The award winners will be invited to make a public presentation about the project during Research and Innovation Week.

Selection Criteria

Consideration will be given to research projects, which demonstrate:

  • A key role for Indigenous individual/community/organization input into the research;
  • Mutually beneficial outcomes for researcher(s) and Indigenous partner(s);
  • A contribution to the education of Indigenous students; and
  • Unique dissemination of research results that take into account individual/community needs.
For further information about the award itself, please contact:

Dr. M.A. (Peggy) Smith, Interim Vice-Provost (Aboriginal Initiatives), Tel: 807-766-7177; Email: pasmith@lakeheadu.ca.

Please submit nomination form, nomination letters and supporting letters to:

Ms. Ashley Dokuchie, Administrative Assistant, Office of Aboriginal Initiatives, Tel: 807-766-7219; Fax: 807-343-8679; Email: adokuchi@lakeheadu.ca.

Click here to download the Indigenous Partnership Research Award Nomination Form (PDF)