OFI Indigenous Engagement Initiatives seek to foster respectful engagement and the creation of meaningful research partnerships between our research community and Indigenous groups and communities.
The Ocean Frontier Institute engages with Indigenous governments and organizations (indigenous groups) to build strong linkages. OFI is committed to engaging stakeholders and Indigenous peoples in ocean management solutions and building support for ocean research and its applications. OFI is taking action to actively incorporate Indigenous interests and rights into OFI's ongoing vision for North Atlantic and Arctic gateways research and environmental stewardship.
Since 2018, the Ocean Frontier Institute has worked with its Committee on Indigenous (Inuit, Métis, and First Nation) Engagement to develop an Indigenous Engagement Guide for ocean researchers. The Guide was collaboratively developed with Indigenous communities, organizations, and governments and OFI researchers in order to facilitate efforts toward respectful and meaningful engagement with Indigenous groups, and provides an important first step in the active incorporation of Indigenous interests and rights into the Ocean Frontier Institute’s ongoing vision for North Atlantic research and environmental stewardship.
The Guide is now nested in the UNESCO International Ocean Best Practices Inventory which has allowed it to be globally accessed.Learn about the guide here
In addition to the Guide, the Ocean Frontier Institute launched an on-line Indigenous cultural awareness training program in July 2021 for Dalhousie University and University of Prince Edward Island researchers and staff, with access for Memorial University to follow soon after. The Path: Your Journey Through Indigenous Canada (© NVision Insight Group Inc.) program provides learning opportunities that delve into First Nations, Inuit and Métis histories and stories across Canada, partially meeting the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action for Canadians to receive ‘cultural competency training.’Learn about cultural awareness training