Funding, best practices, tools and more
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.
Background information about reconciliation efforts at UBC and worldwide, including the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Truth and Reconciliation Commission reports.
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
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, 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)
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
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.
Links to useful websites and online resources for Indigenous communities.
UBC Vancouver Indigenous Portal
First Nations in BC Knowledge Network
Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC)
BC Assembly of First Nations (BC AFN)