Between 2017 and 2023, Knowledge Keepers were identified and asked to participate in the project with a Nation-appropriate tobacco offering or gift. Individual interviews, two in-person gatherings, and virtual meetings were conducted with Knowledge Keepers from several First Nations and Métis communities.
Knowledge Keepers in Research is a learning marker on the Wabishki Bizhiko Skaanj Learning Pathway, a tool for helping non-Indigenous people learn about cultural competency within the Can-SOLVE CKD Network and beyond. Wabishki Bizhiko Skaanj is a training platform that aims to enhance users’ knowledge and awareness of racial biases, Indigenous voices and stories, the impact of colonization on Indigenous health, and culturally safe health research practices.
Training markers within the pathway provide learners with a general overview of the rich histories, cultures and ways of knowing, being, and doing of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis. The markers also provide learners with important guidance on how to engage respectfully and equitably with Indigenous communities.
The new video series debuted at the 2023 Can-SOLVE CKD Network Annual Meeting in May. The session was introduced by Robinson-Settee followed by a personal introduction from each Knowledge Keeper. A fireside chat panel moderated by Robinson-Settee discussed the many ways researchers can engage with Knowledge Keepers in their work.
The fireside chat included an offering of tobacco or a gift to each of the Knowledge Keepers to ask for the sharing of their wisdom during the panel session. By teaching this protocol of offering tobacco or a gift, Robinson-Settee demonstrated one of the strands highlighted in the guidebook and videos regarding Acknowledgment and Protocol.
The Can-SOLVE CKD Network would like to acknowledge and thank the Knowledge Keepers who contributed their wisdom to this project: Evelyn Voyageur, Maurice Latash Nahanee, Lillian Favel-Daniels, Violet March, George Laliberte, Mary Wilson, Myra Laramee, Dot Beaucage-Kennedy, Malcolm King, Dan Thomas, and Amelia McGregor.
We also recognize and thank the Wabishki Bizhiko Skaanj Learning Pathway working group that led the development of this work: Catherine Turner, Mary Beaucage, Helen Robinson-Settee, Joanne Kappel, Lorraine McLeod, Arlene Desjarlais, Malcolm King and Craig Settee.
Development of the Knowledge Keepers in Research module was funded and facilitated by the Can-SOLVE CKD Network with important contributions from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Diabetes Action Canada, and Amgen Canada.