Through the wisdom and guidance of our patient partners and Indigenous Peoples’ Engagement and Research Council, we are learning to incorporate Indigenous ways of knowing into our work. We recognize and embrace the importance of a “two-eyed seeing” approach that accounts for both Western and Indigenous perspectives.
With this knowledge, we are developing culturally appropriate research protocols that will support the best possible kidney health for all Canadians, regardless of geography, ethnicity, or culture. As outlined below, our work is aligned with several of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action related to health.
- acknowledging the traditional territory of the nations where our meetings are held
- acknowledging traditional healing practices of Indigenous peoples, whenever possible
- incorporating traditional practices at our meetings and events (e.g., smudging, Elders’ prayers, ceremony, the gifting of tobacco)
- supporting the economic aspirations of Indigenous small businesses (e.g., utilizing Indigenous catering services, hosting meetings at Indigenous venues when possible)