Research at the woodland cultural centre

Academics, Authors, Scholars, and Researchers wishing to access the Museum Collections of the Woodland Cultural Centre must present an approval from the Six Nations Research Ethics Committee.  This committee is overseen by the Six Nations of the Grand River Elected Council.

Six Nations Elected Council – Ethics Committee recognizes that all research conducted on Six Nations of the Grand River Territory is a valuable learning experience and therefore should be respected for its merits.  Furthermore, Six Nations Elected Council – Ethics Committee recognizes that research should be encouraged on Six Nations of the Grand River Territory when it is based on mutual respect, understanding and trust.

Six Nations Elected Council – Ethics Committee has the right and authority to authorize research being conducted on Six Nations of the Grand River Territory as well as the authority to refuse a request to conduct research if it is not based on ethical principles of conducting research and preserving the integrity of our Indigenous Knowledge.

Six Nations Elected Council – Ethics Committee therefore has a policy for conducting research at Six Nations. The purpose of the policy is to regulate and control research on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. The Six Nations Elected Council – Ethics Committee has delegated its authority to implement the policy to the Ethics Committee of Council. 

A request to conduct research at Six Nations must be a written proposal in the manner and form prescribed by the Ethics Committee. All research proposals are reviewed and monitored by the Ethics Committee who may require periodic reports from the researchers as well as their attendance at a possible hearing to answer questions of the Committee. 

Copies of the policy for conducting research at Six Nations which include the application can be picked up at the Six Nations Band Council administration from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Source document for this  notice is “Ethics Committee: Policy for Conducting Research at Six Nations”, Six Nations Council.

Information on this committee and its purpose is available here.

The electronic application to this committee is available here.

All research requests are subject to space and staffing availability at the Woodland Cultural Centre.  Acceptance from the Six Nations Ethics Committee does not automatically constitute access to the Collections of the Woodland Cultural Centre.  A three month minimal notice is required to set up research time with Collections.

Princess Point artifact

Reconstructed Princess Point Ceramic Pot, Cootes Paradise site, 2000 years old, found with petrified corn inside remnants, Artifact Collection of the Woodland Cultural Centre

Contact Information

Phone: 519-759-2650 ext. 255
Email: curator@woodlandculturalcentre.ca
Curator: Patricia Deadman

Phone: 519-759-2650 ext. 223
Email: museum@woodlandculturalcentre.ca
Collections Registrar: Tara Froman