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Research Ethics

The Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS) describes the policies of the three major federal funding agencies - Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The provision of research funding by these agencies is conditional upon compliance with this Policy regarding research involving human subjects. The Policy Statement is intended to benefit research "by addressing the paramount need for the highest ethical standards" (http://pre.ethics.gc.ca/eng/policy-politique/tcps-eptc/introduction/).

The TCPS has recently been substantially revised. Changes included significant revisions to Chapter 9 which deals with Research Involving Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. Specifically the revised text includes definitions regarding "community" and "community engagement", as well as the addition of sections on research agreements, intellectual property, collaborative research, strengthening community capacity, interpretation and dissemination of research results, prospective or secondary use of human biological materials identifiable as originating from Aboriginal peoples.
The revised text of Chapter 9 is available at the following link:

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