Indigenous Initiatives

HELP strives to engage in First Nations, Métis and Inuit research, data collection, and reporting in a culturally-responsive and safe manner that acknowledges the history, language and culture of First Nations, Métis and Inuit children and their families. HELP also recognizes the importance of conducting research that is guided by First Nations, Métis and Inuit ways of knowing.

To support this approach, HELP established an Aboriginal Steering Committee (ASC) in 2003. ASC members are leaders and experts, and elders and community members from First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities in BC and Canada. The ASC works in partnership with HELP faculty, staff and partners to understand the needs of First Nations, Métis and Inuit children, their families and communities.

The Aboriginal Steering Committee

By sharing their knowledge and experience, ASC members are able to support a deeper understanding of the social and cultural determinants of First Nations, Métis and Inuit children’s health and well-being. The ASC ensures that our research activities involving First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples are reflective of the diverse histories, cultures, languages, values and ways of knowing of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people.

HELP and the ASC engage regularly to:

Members of the Aboriginal Steering Committee