Illustration of an allied research paradigm for epidemiology research with Indigenous peoples
This figure depicts six important principles of an allied research paradigm for epidemiology research with Indigenous populations. The principle of reconciliation urges researchers to build their own path to reconciliation through understanding past and present harms and committing to do research ‘in a good way.’ The principle of relationship highlights the paramount importance of forming meaningful and sustainable relationships in research. The principle of perspective asks researchers to value Indigenous knowledges and worldviews and also to ensure the research is seen as valuable from the perspective of the impacted communities. The principle of positionality implores researchers to understand their positionality and how it influences their research. The principle of self-determination reminds researchers that to act in allyship requires commitment to support the self-determination of Indigenous communities in health research. The principle of accountability emphasizes that the researcher must remain accountable to their research partners, participants and the knowledge generated long after the research activities have concluded.