FNCARES - Research

The central goal of our research is to promote equity and well-being for First Nations children and youth. 

Guidelines for Ethical Research

We respect and support First Nations self-determination in research, engaging communities as partners and co-researchers from the earliest stages of project conception. This ensures that research goals are determined by First Nations priorities and interests, and that the research process and outcomes will benefit the community in meaningful, discernible and lasting ways. We are especially dedicated to engaging children and youth in self-determined research.

The FNCARES Guidelines for Ethical Research incorporate principles and practices outlined by the Assembly of First Nations, OCAP and the Tri-Council Policy Statement on research involving First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada, giving precedence to the principles articulated by First Nations themselves.

Watch this video to learn more about how the OCAP principles protect First Nations ownership and jurisdiction over their information: Understanding the First Nations Principles of OCAP: Our Road Map to Information Governance

Research Projects

  • Just because we're small doesn't mean we can't stand tall: Reconciliation education in the elementary classroom (2018-2022). This  SSHRC-funded project studies the impacts of the Caring Society's social justice-based reconciliation education campaigns on elementary teachers and students. Findings from the study will inform the creation of professional development workshops, sample lesson plans, and age-appropriate resources to help educators respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action to transform the educational system in Canada. 
  • First Nations Child Poverty: A Literature Review and Analysis (2015). Supported by a grant from the Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta and by the University of Alberta's Grant Assist Program
  • Co-Investigators on the SSHRC-funded project Building Research Capacity with First Nations and Mainstream Youth Protection Services in Quebec (2012-2018)
  • Co-Investigators on SSHRC-funded project Exploring the rights of the First Nations child through the arts: Our dreams matter too with Dr. Mary-Elizabeth Manley of York University. This project supports children and youth to engage in social justice through dance and other fine arts, and will culminate in a celebratory performance at the opening of the new elementary school in Attawapiskat in June 2014
  • The First Peoples Child & Family Review is an interdisciplinary, peer reviewed, free e-journal that focuses primarily on First Peoples and Aboriginal child welfare administration, practices, policies and research. Supported by a SSHRC Aid to Scholarly Journals Grant
  • Bibliography of research on the structural drivers of disadvantage for First Nations children and youth. Supported by funding from Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta