Research and Development for Researchers

Improving Carrier Sekani health, social and legal services throught the creation of evidence-based community knowledge.


One of the main goals of Carrier Sekani Family Services is to be self-determining through the development of an Agency responsible for the health, social and legal well-being of its citizens. The right to be self-determining requires information appropriate to the needs of community that is defined and controlled at a community level. Research, as a manner of knowing, has become a cornerstone of CSFS providing knowledge of community challenges and strengths thereby enabling CSFS to continue to provide innovative programming and protect Indigenous Knowledge. Carrier Sekani Family Services ensures that research activities are respectful of community members as well as reflective of the goals and aspirations of the communities. By conducting research that is responsive to community needs, original in scope, and community appropriate, CSFS makes sure that all research in community directly benefits communities.

In 2005, in response to the need to define research projects that meet the needs of community, growing requests to participate in research as well as a number of ethics breaches at a community level, CSFS established its own Research Department. Since that time, CSFS has led or partnered with universities or service organizations on a number of research initiatives, including Tri Council grants. The work completed to date has resulted in improved relationships between community members and researchers as individuals see the direct benefits of research in conception, design and implementation of projects.


The recently adopted and the ongoing revisions to the Tri-Council Policy Statement (specifically, Chapter 9) (TCPS2) revised in 2010, is having a profound impact on the conduct of research. Researchers and First Nations communities are working to implement new methods of research review and new ways to frame working relationships between First Nations and their university-based research partners.

Excerpts from Tri Council Policy Statement

Draft 2nd Edition of the Tri Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS) (2009). Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics.

The following excerpts are provided because they will impact community in terms of engagement and collaboration.

Article 9.1 Where the research is likely to affect an Aboriginal community or communities to which potential participants belong... researchers shall seek engagement with the relevant community.

Article 9.2 The nature and extent of community engagement in a project shall be determined jointly by the researcher and the relevant community and shall be appropriate to community characteristics and the nature of the research.

Article 9.4 Aboriginal Organizations, including First Nations, Inuit and Metis representative bodies, service organizations and communities of interest shall be recognized as communities for the purposes of collaboration in research undertakings and representation of their members in ethical review and oversight of projects.

Article 9.12 While community engagement is appropriate in any research that affects Aboriginal communities, researchers should consider applying a collaborative or participatory approach as appropriate to the nature of the research and the level of engagement desired by the community.

Interested in a Research Partnership?

CSFS supports the creation of innovative research that meets the needs of the communities we serve and encourages those who are interested in partnerships to contact us. Please review our Research Ethics Policy, Policy on Integrity in Research, and the Application for Research Approval forms below.

For more information or questions contact Dr. Travis Holyk .


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