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Aboriginal Research Ethics Initiative (AREI)

In 2002, the Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics (PRE) identified as a priority the development of TCPS guidelines for research involving Aboriginal Peoples, based on respect for Aboriginal knowledge, research modalities, and rights and needs. The Guidelines are intended to replace the existing Section 6 of the TCPS. Accordingly, upon PRE's recommendation, CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC (the Agencies that have conceived and adopted the TCPS) appointed to PRE, in 2003, a member of Aboriginal ancestry to lead the PRE Aboriginal Research Ethics Initiative (AREI).

Under AREI, PRE has developed a framework for advancing the development of TCPS guidelines for research involving Aboriginal Peoples. The framework includes (i) a commitment to building on local, national and international initiatives; (ii) engagement of and partnership with the community; and (iii) application of PRE's First Principles to this initiative. Towards this end, in 2003-04, PRE and its partners developed and then convened a Guiding Consortium for the Development of TCPS Guidelines for Research Involving Aboriginal Peoples. Membership on the Consortium includes PRE, the three Agencies, and five national Aboriginal organizations—the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), the Métis National Council (MNC), the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP), and the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC)—as well as representatives from other federal government departments. The Consortium will be assisted by the members of a PRE Technical Advisory Committee on Aboriginal Research (PRE-TACAR), as well as by commissioned research on identified issues.

Activities and Developments

December 2009

Release of Revised Draft 2nd Edition of TCPS - Chapter 9 (December 2009)

Chapter 9 - November 2009 Version and Comparison (November 2009 to December 2009)

Chapter 9 - Concordance TCPS / CIHR (pdf document)

November 2009

Early Release for Public Comment – TCPS Chapter 9 “Research Involving Aboriginal Peoples in Canada”

August 2009 Update on PRE's Aboriginal Research Ethics Initiative (AREI)
December 2008 Draft 2nd edition TCPS Chapter 9 Research Involving Aboriginal Peoples
February 2008 Research Involving Aboriginal Peoples in the TCPS
November 2005 Public call for membership on the PRE-Technical Advisory Committee on Aboriginal Research
September 2004 Inaugural Meeting of the Guiding Consortium for the Development of TCPS Guidelines for Research Involving Aboriginal Peoples
April 2004 PRE Commissioned Research: The Indigenous Peoples Research Centre (Saskatchewan) releases its literature review report to PRE, "The Ethics of Research Involving Indigenous Peoples"

July 2003 –
July 2004

Interim Technical Staff Working Group develops framework for the Aboriginal Research Ethics Initiative
June 2003 Appointment of PRE member with Aboriginal ancestry