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Webinar - Decolonizing Data: Principles for Public Health Research Involving Indigenous Communities

Approximate run time: 30 minutes

Date: Friday March 22, 2019 at 11:00am EDT

Presenter: Angela Mashford-Pringle and MPH-IH students

Abstract: The purpose of this webinar is to introduce participants to guiding principles that can be used to help reduce power imbalances when conducting public health research that involves Indigenous communities. The principles of OCAP (Ownership, Control, Access and Possession) and I.Q. (First Nations and Inuit) research will be discussed and provide knowledge about how to decolonize research. These principles are just a starting place and can only be properly applied in the context of researcher-community relationships built upon mutual recognition, respect, and responsibility.

Recommended Readings: Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit: The Role of Indigenous Knowledge in Supporting Wellness in Inuit Communities in Nunavut | Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit: le role du savoir autochtone pour favoriser le bien-être des communautés inuites du Nunavut

Additional resource ($): Fundamentals of OCAP® | Fondamentaux des Principes de PCAP®


Overview of the webinar series:

As Canadians learn about ‘truth and reconciliation’, health equity for Indigenous people has become a focus in formal and informal settings. The PHESC project providing training for public health professionals has developed an Indigenous-led stream that will help individuals learn more about Indigenous peoples and the challenges, successes, and strategies that may assist people who work with Indigenous peoples living in First Nations communities and in urban settings.


We will be hosting FOUR webinars in February and March 2019 on Indigenous health topics. The four webinars are:

It is important to complete the below readings and courses before beginning the webinars as the online courses are the foundation for your continued learning in Indigenous health.


Steps to take before participating in the webinar series:

  1. These three documents will help you begin your journey to learn more about Indigenous peoples, public health, and health equity.
  2. After you have reviewed the three documents, please go to the Aboriginal Relationship and Cultural Competency courses developed by Cancer Care Ontario and take the following 5 courses. Each of these free online courses takes about an hour to complete and can be started and stopped whenever you have time to watch and read the online content. A completion certificate is issued at the end of each course:
    • First Nations, Inuit and Métis Culture, Colonization and the Determinants of Health;
    • Aboriginal History and Political Governance;
    • Indigenous Knowledge and Traditional Health;
    • Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People; and
    • Health Literacy – Indigenous Perspectives on Health and Well-Being


While the webinars are live, there will be the ability to have discussions/talking circles. The talking circles will be left open and for one or two hours per week at designated times, we will have a graduate student keep the discussions ‘live’ and ensure that people can ask questions for the following 2-4 months (April to June 2019).


Thank you/merci/miigwetch (Ojibwe)/ masi chok (Dene)/ ish nish (Nakota)/ Ay Ay (Cree)