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Mi'kmaq Confederacy Ethics Review Committee


Mi'kmaq Confederacy Ethics Review committee is an independent body within the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI organization.

We, as a committee, respectfully disagree with the Mi'kmaw Ethics Watch in the following circumstance. As a non-exhaustive list, in research projects where there are questions about sensitive or personal issues; psychological or emotional risk; economic or social risk; risks to participants due to power imbalance and/or language and cultural sensitivities risk, the Mi'kmaq Confederacy Ethics Review committee perceives the minimum age without a parent or guardian signed consent, as eighteen (18) years old. 



Mi'kmaq Confederacy  Ethics Review Application Form  (PDF version - updated Mar 2016); Application Form (Word version - updated Mar 2016)


Mi'kmaq Confederacy Ethics Review Committee 

Terms of Reference

The purpose of the MCPEI Ethics Review Committee is to review all MCPEI and outside research proposals which involve the two Prince Edward Island First Nations to determine ethical implications and decide whether additional actions need to be taken to assure the safety and rights of participants, as well as eliminate redundant or unnecessary research studies.
The Ethics Review Committee shall be comprised of MCPEI staff.  The number of membership shall not exceed five (5).
Roles of Committee Members
  • Review proposals and related information made available and provide information/ expertise relating to the application.
  • Ensure the proposal meets the required guidelines for research with Aboriginal individuals or groups, as outlined in the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2) Chapter 9: “Research Involving the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada”
  • In reviewing applications, members shall follow the guidelines as outlined in the Mi’kmaq Ethics Watch, Principles and Guidelines for Researchers conducting research with and/or among Mi’kmaq People, as well as the guidelines outlined in First Nations Centre, Considerations and Templates for Ethical Research Practice
  • Attend observing the basic rules of confidentiality when dealing with Ethics Applications
  • Attend and participate at meetings and provide feedback in a timely manner.
  • Whenever possible, decisions will be made by consensus with all members given the opportunity to provide input.
Chair/Admin Support
  • The Chair will be the key contact for the committee and provide administrative support including organizing the meetings and distribution of information.
  • The Chair will be responsible to compile all decisions, comments and concerns raised at the Ethics Committee application review(s), and to compose all correspondence outlining the same to the research proposal applicant(s), both Band Councils, and the MCPEI Executive Director.
  • The Chair will be responsible to provide an update to the MCPEI Executive Director and Program Director at the Program Directors meeting, as required.