Policy-Maker /Researcher Handbook

This policy guide offers guidelines and practical steps for those engaging with indigenous issues and communities.

The purpose of this handbook is to identify some basic guidelines for researchers and policy makers wishing to engage meaningfully with First Nation, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) communities, and provide some resources to begin the process of meaningful inclusion of FNMI voices in policy and research work.

In 2015, Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee (TRC) released Calls to Action specifying specific actions Canadians should take to begin the process of reconciliation with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people. Researchers and policymakers have substantial opportunities to do the work of reconciliation when it comes to creating policies and conducting research in inclusive and respectful ways.

The TRC define reconciliation as ‘‘establishing and maintaining a mutually respectful relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in this country” and in order to achieve this, ‘‘there has to be awareness of the past, acknowledgement of the harm that has been inflicted, atonement for the causes, and action to change behaviour’’.

STAND believes that policymakers and researchers can contribute to reconciliation through concerted efforts to include FNMI voices in meaningful dialogue, engaging communities to co-develop policy and make room for FNMI ways of knowing.

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