202636 Legacy of conventional research with Indigenous communities and its relevance to current public health research

Monday, November 9, 2009: 4:35 PM

Suzanne Christopher, PhD , Department of Health and Human Development, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
Vanessa Watts, MS , Department of Society, Human Development & Health, Harvard University, Boston, MA
Recent theorists and commentators have pointed out the history of deleterious effects brought about by conducting research conventionally in Indigenous communities and with Indigenous individuals. We summarize this research and explore the relevance of this history to current public health research. Much of the previous conventional research is regarded as an expression of colonialism because it has exploited, marginalized, ignored contributions, pathologized and problematized communities and individuals. Using examples from the UN Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Indigenous Heritage and UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, we will discuss rights that Indigenous people have regarding indigenous methodologies and indigenous data. We examine underlying presuppositions and values that gave rise to this conventional research. We end by providing a definition of indigenous methodologies and indigenous knowledge that can be usefully set into dialogue with mainstream public health approaches.

Learning Objectives:
Assess the history of deleterious effects of research in Indigenous communities. Discuss rights that Indigenous people have regarding indigenous methodologies and indigenous data. Define indigenous methodologies and indigenous knowledge.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have several years experience working with Native communities in CBPR projects and been exploring the use of indigenous methodologies within this work.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.