Resources For Researchers

Funding, best practices, tools and more

IRSI Resources

Reports, videos and other tools created by the Indigenous Research Support Initiative.

Indigenous Peoples: Basics of Understanding

Aimed at those working in collaboration with Indigenous communities, these tools provide a basic level of cultural awareness and understanding.


Training programs regarding ownership, control, access and possession (OCAP) and Indigenous cultural safety.

OCAP (Ownership, Control, Access and Possession) training, Algonquin College and the First Nations Information Governance Centre

San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training, Provincial Health Services Authority in BC

The Indigenous Research Level of Engagement Tool (IRLET), First Nations University of Canada


Funding sources for researchers working on Indigenous community-based collaborations.

Partnership Recognition Fund
Low-barrier funding (up to $1,500) for community groups working in partnership with UBC faculty, staff, or students. Ongoing deadlines; check website for current competition details. 

Community-University Engagement Support Fund
Community-University Engagement Support (CUES) provides up to $30,000 per grant for charitable organizations in British Columbia to build partnerships and pursue shared projects with UBC. CUES supports the partners behind collaborative research, teaching and learning projects that benefit communities across the province. Ongoing deadlines; check website for current competition details.

Funding for Indigenous Communities & Organizations (IRSI)
Researchers engaging in Indigenous research collaborations may also wish to visit the “Resources For Indigenous Communities” section of this website, where we list a number of external funding opportunities for Indigenous communities and organizations.

ORS Funding Database
The UBC Office of Research Services (ORS) maintains a searchable database of major upcoming funding opportunities for researchers, including internal (to UBC) and external (government and non-profit) funding sources.

Support Programs to Advance Research Capacity (SPARC)
The SPARC office at UBC provides faculty grant support services for specific major funding programs (e.g., Tri-Council) including internal and editorial reviews, partnership development, strategic workshops and sample grants. Researchers can also contact the Grant Facilitator assigned to his or her faculty or unit for advice and strategy.

Best practices

Best practices, methods and guidelines for Indigenous research and related activities, including communications.

Indigenous Peoples: Language Guidelines (UBC), 2018

Style Guide for Reporting on Indigenous Peoples – Journalists for Human Rights, December 2017

National Inuit Strategy on Research – Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK)

Northern Research Leadership and Equity - Expert Panel on the Future of Arctic and Northern Research in Canada

Indigenous Peoples and responsible data: an introductory reading list – The Responsible Data Community
Includes links to research protocols and data-related guidelines for respecting the rights of Indigenous people.

Indigenous Research Methods and Ethics, Suggested Readings and Podcasts

Working in Good Ways – A framework and resources for Indigenous community engagement, University of Manitoba

#DataBack – An eBook for Indigenous-focused organizations and governments who want to transform data governance, Animikii Indigenous Technology


Student Opportunities

Scholarships, mentorships and other opportunities for Indigenous students.

New Relationship Trust Foundation Scholarships
Scholarships for Indigenous post-secondary students at the Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate levels.

Chief Joe Mathias BC Aboriginal Scholarship Fund
Financial assistance for BC First Nations students working towards an academic degree, certificate or diploma, or engaged in post-graduate academic studies, at an eligible post-secondary educational institution, wherever located.

Indigenous Mentorship Network of the Pacific Northwest

Indigenous Undergraduate Student research mentorship (UBC)
Pairs Indigenous students with faculty members or postdoctoral research fellows as mentors, and may include research projects, lab experiences, and meetings with mentors and peers.