"Growing diverse worldviews together through spirit, stories, and relational accountability: Identifying and working through the tensions between community and academy when doing Indigenous community-based research" - Debbie Martin, PhD

Event Date: 
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am
Event Location: 
Bartley Residence Conference Room A

Presenter:  Debbie Martin, PhD, Canada Research Chair, Indigenous Peoples’ Health and Well-Being, Dalhousie University

This workshop is for faculty and graduate students will highlight principles of conducting ethical research in partnership with Indigenous Communities.  
The requirements and expectations from both the academy and the community regarding the conduct of Indigenous health research are often at odds. It is important to navigate such tensions in ways that respectfully address community needs and priorities throughout the research process – from design to dissemination. Often these tensions challenge long-held assumptions and practices from within the academy regarding the conduct of research. Despite challenges, however, there are promising ways forward. Through the invocation of spirit, storytelling, and relational accountability, this interactive workshop will engage audience members in discussing tensions/challenges they may have encountered within their own institutional environments regarding Indigenous community-based research, and discuss the role of the academy in supporting meaningful research relationships with Indigenous communities.

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Debbie Martin
Canada Research Chair, Indigenous Peoples Health and Well-Being
Faculty of Health Professions
Dalhousie University
Debbie Martin is an Inuk scholar (South Inuit of NunatuKavut). She holds a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples’ Health and Well-Being in the Faculty of Health Professions, with a cross-appointment in the Faculty of Dentistry at Dalhousie University. She is an Associate Research Scholar of the Healthy Populations Institute. Dr. Martin is an interdisciplinary-trained health researcher, whose research interests focus on addressing key societal and community level structures that influence chronic disease prevention in Indigenous communities. Her research is community-driven and includes a focus on oral health, food security, health research ethics and Indigenous methodologies, and human-environment interactions. A great deal of her research on chronic disease prevention draws upon the concept of Two-Eyed Seeing, which involves bringing together Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives to address societal and community-level issues that affect the health of people and the planet. Dr. Martin is Chair of the Institute Advisory Board of the Institute of Aboriginal Peoples Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and is the Nominated Principal Investigator of the Atlantic Indigenous Mentorship (AIM) Network. She is the proud momma to two children – Marty (he’s not 5, he’s “almost 6”) and Anna-Rose (who is “almost 2”), who continue to amaze and inspire her everyday. In an alternative universe, she would run, do yoga, read historical fiction, and garden successfully.