An example of Appreciative Inquiry as a methodology for child welfare research in Saskatchewan Aboriginal communities

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CECW Information Sheet #51E. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto, Faculty of Social Work.

Aboriginal peoples have raised many concerns about research conducted by non-Aboriginal researchers. Their concerns address one central problem: research has been more beneficial to the researchers than to the communities being researched. Ethical guidelines have been developed for conducting research in Aboriginal communities, such as those established by the National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO). Such guidelines are intended to ensure that research conducted with Aboriginal peoples is respectful, is guided by principles developed by Aboriginal peoples, and is of benefit to the communities involved.

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