Introducing UCalgary’s Indigenous Research Support Team – UCalgary

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Introducing UCalgary’s Indigenous Research Support Team – UCalgary

by ahnationtalk on October 30, 202032 Views

New office provides Indigenous research and scholarship guidance

Peigan Trail and Blackfoot Trail are well-known roadways in Calgary that many people use daily. But for Amber Bedard, these are more than just roads — they hold a deeper personal connection to history that not many people are aware of.

“I have two grandfathers who signed Treaty 7,” says Bedard, manager of UCalgary’s new Indigenous Research Support Team. “Peigan and Blackfoot Trails were named to honour our communities. It’s a tangible reminder, and it’s a privilege to be so deeply connected to these areas.”

This connection to her roots taught her about community and guided her career path in Indigenous research ethics. While completing her undergraduate degree at Simon Fraser University, Bedard, a member of the Piikani First Nation, worked for Reciprocal Consulting, an Indigenous research and evaluation firm in West Vancouver. It was there that she learned the true meaning of honouring Indigenous ways of being in research.

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