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 children and their families. HELP 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 across 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 them are reflective of their diverse histories, cultures, languages, values, and ways of knowing.
HELP and the ASC engage regularly to:
- Oversee HELP’s understanding of and commitment to uphold Indigenous, international and national legal agreements that bind us to improve the experiences and outcomes for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children;
- Ensure that HELP continues to make a significant contribution toward the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action;
- Ensure that HELP’s data management and governance protocols are in accordance with specific ethics guidelines for health research involving First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples;
- Guide the development of culturally safe and relevant research, survey monitoring systems and tools, and reports;
- Advise on strategies and protocols to support HELP’s education, awareness, engagement, and communications with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities, organizations, and Education Councils in BC; and
- Contribute to designing and hosting annual events that explore and facilitate dialogue on issues, challenges, and successes related to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit research.
Members of the Aboriginal Steering Committee