Building Research Relationships with Indigenous Communities (BRRIC) aims to disseminate knowledge among academic stakeholders for engaging in transformative Indigenous research utilizing best practices and methods for producing results and findings that benefit all parties involved.

BRRIC offers a diverse array of essential information covering issues such as the history of Indigenous health and research in Saskatchewan, existing policies and frameworks guiding research with Indigenous communities such as OCAP®, Truth and Reconciliation  Commission calls to Action, Tri-Council Policy Statement Chapter 9, and protocol on how to respectfully and meaningfully engage Indigenous communities in research projects. 

This course is beneficial for faculty, researchers, patient and family advisors, health care providers, SCPOR supported research teams, students, research and health organizations, and any other individual or organization seeking to engage Indigenous communities in research. 

In the past, research has been exploitative and harmful to Indigenous communities. BRRIC aims to reshape and redefine the research relationship so that it is reciprocal and beneficial to all involved parties. Indigenous research should be guided by and lead with and/or in collaboration with Indigenous peoples, communities, and organizations.

This course provides researchers with the skills to respectfully engage with Indigenous communities in a culturally sensitive and appropriate manner. It provides information on the historic research relationship with Indigenous communities to contextualize the need for informed consent and transparency. 

Learning Outcomes

Learners will gain the knowledge, skills, and awareness to:

  • Memorize the specific considerations to follow when conducting research with Indigenous peoples.

  • Recognize the role of colonialism as a key determinant of Indigenous health.

  • Demonstrate respectful and practical ways to approach Indigenous communities for engagement in research projects.

  • Design Indigenous research that is approached ethically, morally, and respectfully following OCAP® principles and guidelines, Chapter 9 of the Tri-Council Policy Statement, as well as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action and other relevant frameworks.

  • Implement research with Indigenous communities using the information provided in the course.

TRC Calls to Action

Education #63 (iii and iv)

BRRIC addresses various frameworks to follow when conducting Indigenous research. As well, Addressing the Legacy - Health Calls to Action #18-24 are examined which informs the learner about the need for these Calls and why they are important.

Building Research Relationships with Indigenous Communities (BRRIC)

    1. Introduction

    1. 1.1 Indigenous Organizations and Governance in Saskatchewan

    2. 1.2 Indigenous Health Status and Indicators

    3. 1.3 Intergenerational Trauma

    4. 1.4 Canada's Dark Research History

    5. Module 1 Quiz

    1. 2.1 The Numbered Treaties

    2. 2.2 Tri-Council Policy Statement

    3. 2.3 OCAP®

    4. 2.4 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)

    5. 2.5 Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action

    6. 2.6 Indigenous Research Level of Engagement Tool (IRLET)

    7. 2.7 Ethical Space and Two-Eyed Seeing

    8. Module 2 Quiz

    1. 3.1 Engaging Indigenous Communities in Research

    2. 3.2 Indigenous Research

    3. 3.3 Patient-Oriented Research and Community-Based Research

    4. 3.4 Engaging with Communities

    5. Module 3 Quiz

    1. Final Quiz

    2. Course Evaluation

About this course

  • 367.50
  • Online (15 lessons within 3 modules)
  • 3-4 hours

Skills & Competencies

  • Knowledge of various Indigenous demographics, organizations in Saskatchewan and Canada.
  • Knowledge of a number of policies and frameworks that guide Indigenous research.
  • Practical skills to use when engaging with Indigenous communities and organizations such as cultural protocol and appropriation. 


  • Does this course have prerequisites?

    No, this course does not have a prerequisite.

  • How is successful completion of the course determined? Are there tests or quizzes involved?

    Successful completion of the course is determined by completing the course and passing 80% or higher on the Final Quiz.

  • How long will I have to complete the course?

    You will have 90 days from the time of registration to complete the course.

  • Who do I contact if I need help?

    You may contact Tamara Quewezance, IPHRC Administrative Assistant at

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