Working towards the coproduction of knowledge: a research partnership involving Aboriginal people
In this article, Carole Lévesque, professor at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (Montréal) and DIALOG director, Édith Cloutier, president of the Regroupement des centres d’amitié autochtones du Québec and Julie Cunningham, DIALOG network coordinator explain the experience of a research partnership involving Aboriginal people in Québec cities, Canada.
The public launching of the Community‐University Research Alliance (CURA) ODENA: Aboriginal People in Québec Cities was held on September 18, 2009. Granted funding for five years (2009‐2014) from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, this research alliance brings together the Québec Native Friendship Centre movement, the DIALOG network and university partners such as Institut national de la recherche scientifique in order to develop knowledge useful to urban Aboriginal communities in Québec. The main objectives of this undertaking are twofold: 1‐to broaden and renew the current understanding of the social, economic, political and material context in which the urban Aboriginal population in Québec is evolving; and 2‐to point the way towards the future development of public policies that are more closely adapted to the challenges and problems experienced by urban Aboriginal people. For the initiators of ODENA, this article is a much appreciated opportunity to share the origins, success stories, challenges and anticipated future developments of their very unique community‐university partnership with readers of the Global University Network for Innovation newsletter.