Thank You to All Participants! 

On June 2nd, the CRISM Atlantic node celebrated its first major event in New Brunswick –Research is Healing Mawio’mi (a hybrid event attended by 90+).  Voices from community, front line health care professionals, academics and persons with lived and living experience met in a safe space to share, learn and discuss the impact of research within Indigenous communities and ways to create meaningful research collaborations.

Below are videos of selected presentations:
  • Nicole Augustine reviews the historical harms caused by research on indigenous populations with a view to promoting effective and culturally appropriate research methodologies.
  • The recent discovery of 200 unmarked graves of indigenous children at former residential school grounds highlights the ongoing issue of trauma to Indigenous peoples.
  • The impacts of colonization, forced removal of indigenous children, cultural disconnection, and the suppression of indigenous culture are reviewed
  • The importance of indigenous research methodologies, ethical research processes, and the role of the indigenous researcher in respecting cultural protocols and relationships within the research process are discussed.
  • Mark Asbridge and Robert Henry present an introduction to CRISM, including past and ongoing projects.
  • CRISM (Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse) is a Canada-wide network of researchers investigating substance use and interventions.
  • The network collaborates with government, stakeholders, and non-academic organizations to improve interventions for substance use and harm.
  • The Indigenous Engagement Platform is a new initiative led by Robert Henry and aims to draw in more Indigenous researchers and promote Indigenous knowledge in the network.
  • Tara Pride and Dennis Wendt provide their introductions and share their personal backgrounds and experiences.

  • They discuss the concept of “Two-Eyed Seeing” or “Etuaptmumk,”  which is important in indigenous communities, particularly in Mi’kma’ki and Unamaꞌki.

  • They highlight the significance of language and intention when discussing the integration of Indigenous and Western knowledge systems in academia.

  • The presenters share their experiences, successes, and challenges in their research and academic work, emphasizing the importance of addressing structural barriers and promoting institutional reform.

This panel discussion, moderated by Tara Pride, asks the panelists to

  • Share examples of how they made progress or positive change  when engaging with Indigenous communities; and
  • What are some of the challenges and barriers when working in community?

Panelists include Elder Chris Brooks, Bo Augustine, Torey Solomon, and Tamara Joseph.