As we transition to our second phase, we have implemented a core values statement to guide us.
This policy statement, created in conjunction with patient partners, Indigenous network members, and researchers, articulates our commitment to advancing equitable, patient-oriented research of the highest quality through our core values of inclusion, cultural competency, and collaboration.
An internal working group reflecting the network’s diversity drafted and reviewed the policy statement, which was shared publicly this year.
Our core values are shaped by the guiding principles of Looking, Listening, Learning, and Leading. These principles have been articulated by Indigenous patient partners during development of the Wabishki Bizhiko Skaanj Learning Pathway:
- Looking within to observe and examine racial identities, privileges, and biases
- Listening to diverse voices and stories
- Learning about the impact of systemic racism and colonialism on health
- Leading through genuine partnerships with individuals and communities
Overlaid on these “4Ls” are “6Rs” that provide a framework for living out our core values through action (Respect, Reciprocity, Relevance, Responsibility, Relationships, Real).
The specific actions listed in the core values statement are meant to be a living document for the network to change and expand as it practices together. These principles will inform our second phase.