The Indigenous Research Initiative relies on the advice and guidance of the Indigenous Research Steering Committee to work with and within Indigenous communities in a good way. In accordance with its terms of reference, the Indigenous Research Initiative Steering Committee:
- Provides advice to the OHTN in its efforts to nurture and support research relevant to Indigenous peoples in Ontario
- Advises the OHTN on Indigenous research priorities
- Assists the OHTN in developing capacity building and research programs that embody the OCAP principles of Ownership, Control, Access and Possession and ethical research principles specific to Metis and Inuit communities
- Educates the OHTN about Indigenous research methodologies and approaches so that they can be incorporated into OHTN funding programs
- Advises the OHTN on the most effective ways to engage and communicate with Indigenous stakeholders, including developing a strategy to disseminate information on the state of the HIV epidemic among Indigenous people in Ontario
- Assists the OHTN in building effective working relationships with Indigenous leaders and communities – in particular on developing a Memorandum of Understanding with Indigenous/Aboriginal communities in Ontario in order to support the development of culturally safe prevention and treatment interventions.
Since May 2014 when the committee was established, all of the people below have contributed to the work and dialogue of the Committee offering diverse perspectives and experiences.
In particular, we would like to acknowledge and celebrate the work and lives of two former committee members, Charlie Hill and Tony Nobis, who joined us in this journey and passed away as members of the committee. We thank them and wish them well on their continued journey in the spirit world.
|Crystal Basi||2016- present||Executive Director of Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council of Toronto (TASSC)|
|Bonnie Freeman||2014-present||Community member|
|Kerrigan Johnson||2017 – present||Executive Director of 2 Spirited People of the First Nation|
|Lindsay (Swooping Hawk) Kretschmer||2017 – present||Executive Director of Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy (Oahas)|
|Laura Liberty||2015 – present||HIV/AIDS Coordinator Union of Ontario Indians|
|Doe O’Brien-Teengs||2014-present||Community-base researcher and PhD candidate, Lakehead University|
|Todd Ross||2015 – present||Metis Nation of Ontario|
|Wanda Whitebird||2014-present||Oahas worker|
|Ed Bennett||2016- 2017||Executive Director of 2 Spirited People of the First Nations|
|Charlie Hill||2014-16||Indigenous leader|
|Randy Jackson||2014-16||Community-base researcher, McMaster|
|Tony Nobis||2014-17||Executive Director (former), Oahas|
|Art Zoccole||2014-16||Executive Director (former) of 2 Spirited People of the First Nations|
Ex-officio member: Jessica Demeria Coordinator, Indigenous Research Initiative
Members of the IRSC are guided by the 7 Grandfather Teachings in discussions and decision making processes. Each member has equal standing within the group. Members of the IRSC committees are expected to actively participate in the work of the committee, provide thoughtful input to committee deliberations, focus on the best interests of the OHTN and support and promote the work of Indigenous Research Initiatives in the community.