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Dr. Claudia Díaz Ríos (right), Kelsey T. Leonard (left)

New research highlights barriers to Indigenous research sovereignty

Funding agencies & universities often have rules the conflict with Indigenous research priorities

Oct 24, 2018

Dr. Claudia Díaz Ríos (McMaster PhD '16, currently Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at OISE, University of Toronto, and starting January 2018, Assistant Professor at OISE, University of Toronto), Dr. Michelle Dion (Associate Professor, McMaster), and Kelsey T. Leonard (PhD Candidate, McMaster) have recently published their research on barriers to achieving research sovereignty for Indigenous peoples in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States in the journal Studies in Higher Education.   
In the paper, they examine how ethics regulations and university practices around academic career advancement, such as tenure policies and efforts to measure research impact, often conflict with the principles endorsed by Indigenous peoples for ethical and responsible research with Indigenous communities in these countries. 
The result is often sets of competing or parallel institutions that fall short of protecting or promoting the rights of Indigenous peoples to have meaningful participation and oversight of research in or about their communities. 
This paper was a project of the Indigenous Futures project, led by Drs. Michelle Dion and Chelsea Gabel (Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Well-Being, Community Engagement, and Innovation, McMaster) with support from SSHRC.