Canada is entering a new phase in its relationship with its 1.5 million Indigenous people. After centuries of adversity, the country is reconciling with First Nations, Inuit and Métis people in ways it has not done before. This reconciliation requires a much deeper understanding of the languages, beliefs and cultures that distinguish Indigenous people — an understanding that effective research can help nurture.
Success depends on building relationships, consulting with communities and accepting traditional knowledge. University of Guelph researchers recognize the importance of Indigenous knowledge of land, animals and people, particularly regarding environmental sustainability, wildlife protection and mental health and well-being.
Guelph researchers collaborate with Indigenous communities and their leaders to ensure studies are pertinent, respectful and illuminating. Merging or overlaying traditional practices and wisdom with modern scientific methods breaks new ground. It brings unprecedented value — and excitement — to research findings.
This publication touches on various collaborative projects and partnerships between the University of Guelph and Indigenous communities across Canada and around the world.