Governance

The governance structure of the UAKN operates as a Network Council (See Table 1).  The purpose of the Network Council is to 1) determine strategic direction and priorities; 2) advise on knowledge mobilization and stakeholder engagement; 3) assess the Network Council’s accomplishments; and, 4) to contribute to fundraising.  More specifically, the Network Council has articulated broad research themes that guide UAKN research and knowledge mobilization activities, and ratify UAKN reports and policy documents.

The Network Council is also responsible for the following:

  1. Identifying and implementing national comparative research projects;
  2. Ensuring the transmission of research findings to implement policy development;
  3. Assisting in the coordination of UAKN conferences;
  4. Contribute to dissemination activities; and
  5. Monitor research quality and the appropriateness throughout the research project.

Table 1: Governance Structure of the UAKN

governanceThe Network Council

The Network Council is the national governing body for the Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network (UAKN) co-chaired by the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) and the academic principal investigator (SSHRC Partnership Grant). The UAKN consists of five essential structures that undertake planning of national level research projects, stakeholder engagement, research, knowledge transfer, and fundraising. The five structures are the Network Council, Aboriginal Circle, Funders’ Table, Regional Research Centres’ Table and the Secretariat. In addition, the Network Council provides guidance to the UAKN as a whole.

Network Council Members

David Newhouse, Co-Chair – Principle Investigator and Co- Director the UAKN Central Research Circle, Trent University

Erin Corston, Co-Chair – Executive Director, National Association of Friendship Centres

Coreen Roulette, Manitoba Association of Friendship Centres

Leslie Varley, British Columbia Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres

Susha Weflen, Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan

Danny Jette, Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Strategic Research Directorate

TBD, Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association

Pamela Glode-Desrochers, Executive Director, Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre

Patsy McKinney, Executive Director, Under One Sky Headstart

Dr. Ross Hoffman, Co-Director, UAKN Western Research Centre, University of Northern British Columbia

Dr. Ryan Walker, Director of the UAKN Prairie Research Centre, University of Saskatchewan

Sylvia Maracle, Executive Director, Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres

Dr. Verlé Harrop, Director, UAKN Atlantic Research Centre, University of New Brunswick

Faith Hale-Wright, President, CanAm Indian Friendship Centre

Tyler Sayese, Youth Representative, Aboriginal Youth Council

PDF: UAKN Network Council Terms of Reference_Final_2015_10_22

The Funders’ Table

The Funders’ Table provides an opportunity for organizations or departments that provide financial support to the Network to participate in the Network governance, priority-setting, and on-going activities. The Funders’ Table ensures that additional funds are appropriately instituted, provide input on research priorities, and work with the Network Council on financial matters of additional contracts brought in through the Funders’ Table. The Funders’ Table was established in conjunction with the three other components of the Network Council (i.e. Aboriginal Circle, Secretariat and Regional Research Centres) in early governance development.

Members:

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

National Association of Friendship Centres

The Aboriginal Circle

The Aboriginal Circle is comprised of Aboriginal persons from throughout Canada who are leaders and respected in their communities. The Aboriginal Circle also provides guidance in matters of ethical and cultural relevancy with respect to the research processes instituted by the UAKN. The Aboriginal Circle was established in conjunction with the three other components of the Network Council (i.e. Funders’ Table, Secretariat and Regional Research Centres) in early governance development.

Aboriginal Circle Members

Sylvia Maracle, Chair- Executive Director, Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres

Coreen Roulette, Manitoba Association of Friendship Centre

Leslie Varley, British Columbia Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres

Tyler Sayese, Youth Representative, Aboriginal Youth Council

Pamela Glode-Desrochers, Executive Director, Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre

Terms of Reference: 

PDF:UAKN Aboriginal Circle Terms of Reference – Final_2015_10_22

The UAKN Secretariat 

The UAKN Secretariat provides leadership and support in managing the Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network’s (UAKN) governing structures and the activities of the UAKN, including the Aboriginal Circle, Funder’s Table, Regional Research Centres and the Network Council. The Secretariat is housed in the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) office and is responsible for project management and administration. It provides leadership in managing the Network Council’s strategic directions; assists Regional Research Centres and other UAKN governing bodies in executing their responsibilities; performs national knowledge mobilization and transfer; and ensures that communication and best practices inform all UAKN endeavours.

The UAKN Secretariat Staff: 

Jennifer Rankin, Research Officer of the UAKN Secretariat

For contact information click here

Terms of Reference: 

PDF: UAKN Secretariat Terms of Reference -FINAL – 2013


UAKN Guiding Ethical Principles 

Research processes, over the last ten years, have changed to fully encompass Indigenous partners. For many years research undertaken by academic institutions served to benefit the academy and selected scholarly groups. Aboriginal peoples (Tuhiwai-Smith, 1999; UATF, 2007; Wilson 2008; Kovach, 2009; OFIFC, 2012) created a shift in thinking concerning the acquisition of knowledge, the process of research and how seeking knowledge, as it applies to academic research, can benefit both the academic scholar and the Aboriginal community. The UAKN is an example of how the research paradigm shift can be carried out in practice.

Research undertaken through the UAKN is premised on implementing meaningful change at the community level. The Guiding Ethical Principles encompasses an acknowledgement of community ethics concerning research. It is further recognized that this document is a small iteration of the many Indigenous ethical protocols currently in existence.

PDF: Guiding Ethical Principles_Final_2015_10_22