on Science Shops
Project of the Clayoquot Alliance
Protocols Project of
the Clayoquot Alliance for Research, Education and Training
The Clayoquot Alliance
for Research, Education and Training is a partnership of the University
of Victoria (UVic) and the First Nations and non-First Nations communities
of the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve region, supported through the
Clayoquot Biosphere Trust. The Clayoquot Alliance seeks to build community-university
collaborations in ways that facilitate mutually-beneficial social and
environmental research occurring in this region. The partnership is
funded for three years by the Social Sciences
and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) under its Community-University
Research Alliance (CURA) program. Among the several projects under development
or in progress with community partners is the "Protocols Project".
The purpose of the Protocols Project is to develop
consensus on protocols/guidelines for community-based research in the
Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve region. The protocols/guidelines are
being developed under the guidance of a working group that is comprised
of members of the local community and the central region Nuu-chah-nulth
First Nations. The protocols/guidelines are meant to guide subsequent
Clayoquot Alliance-sponsored research and provide a basis for project-specific
research agreements and letters of consent. To the greatest extent possible,
the protocols/guidelines will reflect the interests of all Clayoquot
Sound Biosphere Reserve region communities and a representative spectrum
of all researchers. The overall aim is to ensure the protocols/guidelines
are acceptable to the First Nations involved in the research, the community
partner organisations, the CURA funder (SSHRC), the researchers and
the University of Victoria.
There is a both a practical and policy-related purpose to the Protocols
Project. The practical goal is to agree on how the research ought to
be conducted and to draft written text that accurately describes this
agreement. The protocols/guidelines will be seen as a starting point
for discussions and mutually-beneficial research relationships, not
a final agreement. It is important that whatever is agreed to be subject
to continual reflection and revision as new situations or concerns arise.
That is, the agreed document will be a 'living text'.
The policy related goal is to learn from the process of developing these
protocols/guidelines, so that this information can be shared with other
community- and university-based organisations that seek to develop similar
tools. An analysis of the process and outcomes will be used to make
policy recommendations to relevant agencies involved in funding or otherwise
supporting community-university collaborative research initiatives.
Examples include university administrations, federal funders (SSHRC),
the BC and national parks authorities, and others.
To date, the process has included:
- Hiring a local community liaison
- Formal and informal meetings with many community groups and
individuals in the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve region.
- Meetings with First Nations Band Councils
- Three presentations to the Nuu-chah-nulth Central Region Chiefs
(April 2001, July 2001, and November 2002).
- Meetings with the UVic Office of the Vice-President Research.
- Setting up a community Working Group in the Clayoquot Sound
Biosphere Reserve region to draft text articulating the protocols/guidelines.
- Establishment of a listserve to facilitate discussion between
workshops and meetings.
· A review of existing research guidelines, protocols and recommendations
relevant to community-university research collaborations in the Clayoquot
Sound Biosphere Reserve region.
· A working set of agreed research protocols/guidelines that has been
widely circulated and discussed within the First Nations and non-First
Nations communities of the region, and is acceptable to the steering
committee and partners of the Clayoquot Alliance for Research, Educations
and Training, the Nuu-chah-nulth Central Region First Nations, and the
University of Victoria Office of Vice-President Research. These research
protocols/guidelines should serve as terms of reference for the subsequent
development of project-specific research agreements and letters of consent.
· A report that documents and assesses the process of developing the
research protocols/guidelines, to be made available (in printed and
electronic forms) to affiliated community organisations, First Nations,
universities, funding bodies and other interested agencies or communities.
The Protocols Project began in Fall 2001 and is ongoing as of November
||Dr. Kelly Bannister
c/o POLIS Project on Ecological Governance
Faculty of Law & School of Environmental Studies
University of Victoria
University House 4
Box 3060, Victoria, B.C., Canada V8W 3R4
||Mr. Gerry Schreiber
||(250) 726-7263 ext. 25
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