Back in November, the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies and the Atlantic Aboriginal Economic Development Integrated Research Program (AAEDIRP) hosted a research capacity building workshop in Eskasoni, NS. The event brought together university researchers and Aboriginal community members to discuss research priorities, facilitate partnership development, and enhance the research capacity of stakeholders.
The event was held at the Sarah Denny Cultural Centre on November 14, 2014 with thirty-seven people in attendance. It included presentations on cultural competency, community protocols, and community ethics processes to introduce university researchers to collaborative research in Aboriginal communities. It also featured wise practice presentations highlighting successful community-university research initiatives. Short discussion sessions referred to as Unama’ki Café I, II, and III provided an opportunity for participants to discuss research priorities and the role of traditional knowledge in various disciplines and topic areas, including sustainability, business, innovation, science, and health. The event concluded with a talking circle, which generated conversation around the topics raised in presentations, reflections on the event, and possible next steps.
The final report is now available, so feel free to download it. We look forward to continuing the conversation during Research Week on Friday, March 20th at 10am (location TBA).
You might also like to check out our YouTube channel for video excerpts from the event.