October 2017

Bringing people together in a spirit of discussion, Conversations North is a program of regular talks organized by UAlberta North. Faculty, community members, policy-makers and others concerned with northern and circumpolar-related matters present informal talks and information sessions, as well as share thoughts, ideas, and perspectives, on a range of issues relating to Northern research and Northern communities. We draw on our rich diversity of community of researchers from across campus and also use the opportunity to take advantage of the presence of visitors to the University of Alberta. 

 Conversations North – October 18, 12:00-1:00, Ring House 3

Collaborative Research with Indigenous Peoples: Legal Contexts and Ethical Aspirations

Catherine Bell (Faculty of Law, University of Alberta)

Although many academic institutions encourage collaborative research and seek to respect Indigenous laws, values and processes; institutional norms, and a range of Canadian laws and policies informing rights and liabilities of researchers and their employers, can create challenges and constraints.  This presentation forms part of a broader research program relating to Indigenous control over intangible heritage. It focuses on the legal and normative environment for collaborative research between academic researchers employed by Canadian universities and Indigenous communities and governments in Canada. Professor Bell will introduce key challenges identified in two multi institutional and interdisciplinary collaborations - the First Nations Cultural Heritage and Law Project and the Intellectual Property in Cultural Heritage Project (www.sfu.ca/ipinch) - and encourage discussion on mechanisms to address them.