Indigenous awareness and Collaborative research

BIOS² is proposing a series of two workshops on Indigenous Awareness and Collaborative Research in an indigenous context. These trainings aim to provide an understanding of the historical context that has shaped the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada, in order to develop an environment of respect and collaboration. The workshops will be offered online by Catherine-Alexandra Gagnon (Érébia) on April 18th and 19th (2023).

Part 1. Indigenous awareness

Tuesday April 18th, 2023, 1-3:30 PM (EDT)

The workshop will provide the cultural and historical knowledge necessary to initiate a reflection on our perceptions, relationships with Indigenous community members and research practices.

The purpose of this webinar is to:

  • Make an overview of important historic events and their actual impacts on our relations with Indigenous Peoples (Indian Act, assimilation policies, boarding schools, etc.). 
  • Develop a better understanding of appropriate indigenous terminology.
  • Make an overview of important court cases and how they affect our work in indigenous territories. 
  • With reconciliation in mind, develop our awareness of persistent stereotypes, and discuss strategies to improve our relations with indigenous communities. 

Part 2. Collaborative research within indigenous context

Wednesday April 19th, 2023, 1-3:30 PM (EDT)

In this workshop, we go into the concrete details to consider when developing a research project in partnership with indigenous communities. We will address the research principles put forward by the Assembly of First Nations and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, in relation to research ethics, consent, intellectual property and data sharing. Thus, we hope that the participants will be able to leave with a roadmap containing the necessary information to set up good partnership projects.

This training will last approximately 5 hours and will take place in 2 periods on April 18 and 19, 2023 from 1:00 to 3:30 PM (EST). The training will be conducted in French. An English version is planned for the fall of 2023.


The training will be given by Catherine-Alexandra Gagnon. Catherine has a deep interest in collaborative work with indigenous communities. She is particularly fascinated by the different potential avenues to bridge indigenous and scientific knowledge. She has a PhD in Environmental Sciences and a Master’s degree in Wildlife Management from the Université du Québec à Rimouski, a bacchelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology from McGill University and a Certificate in Indigenous Studies from the Université de Montréal. During her studies, she worked in collaboration with Inuit, Inuvialuit and Gwich’in Elders and hunters from Nunavut, the Yukon and Northwest Territories.


Online, open to all, registration required before April 17, 2023:
Places are limited