The CAREB-ACCER Board of Directors (“BOD”) has made a commitment to engage in cultural competency training and make accessible to its membership and the broader Canadian research community, cultural competency training with an initial focus on anti-Black racism and equity education in support of its efforts to dismantle existing systems of oppression within the Canadian research ethics sector.
As a national research ethics organization with a vision to: (1) promote professionalism through the sharing of expertise, experience, information and knowledge; (2) represent and communicate the perspectives and concerns of Research Ethics Board (REB) professionals in local, national and international policy development and implementation; and (3) provide education and resources needed to successfully promote the ethical conduct of research CAREB-ACCER is obligated to be part of leading the change in the Canadian Human Research Ethics field as it relates to Anti-Black Racism. In order to do this CAREB-ACCER, has embraced the important concepts of:
- Accountability, specifically individual and organizational accountability; and
- Learning through this Initiative.
Rationale & Purpose
Through a focus specifically on anti-Black racism, and a commitment to unlearning our own biases and minimizing our role in reinforcing systems of oppression CAREB-ACCER is equipped to lead the charge in the Canadian Human Research Ethics field as it relates to addressing anti-Black racism and all forms of racism and prejudice within the research ethics field. Our focus on anti-Black racism is an important distinction given the absence of discussion, action and focus on this issue in the broader area of diversity and anti-oppression work in the Canadian Human Research Ethics space. With the work we have begun in our own learning and unlearning, the under representation of this issue in the Canadian research ethics context (both content and education) and our national and international reach, we are committed to addressing anti-Black racism. Through this work we strive to be an enabler in solving a lot of the systemic issues that affect populations that are victims of racism, oppression and prejudiced systems in the Human Research Ethics space through education, awareness and action. As a national organization and leader in research ethics, it is critical that we enable and encourage anti-Black racism discussions, education and action to equip research ethics boards and researchers on how to approach research with an equitable and diverse lens.
Our Addressing Anti-Black Racism in Research Ethics Practice Fireside Chat Series is a virtual event series (Zoom meeting) that aims to enable knowledge exchange and sharing of examples of knowledge to action in this space.
Through this virtual event series lead discussants will share the approaches, tools and strategies they have implemented specifically focused on addressing anti-Black racism in human research ethics practices. Discussion among attendees and lead discussants will be facilitated through this series of events designed to empower adaptation and adoption of approaches, tools and strategies shared. Through this series and the knowledge, tools, practices, and resources shared, CAREB will establish a Research Ethics Anti-Black Racism Knowledge to Action Community of Practice among our active CAREB membership. Through this community of practice, we strive to advance research ethics practice, process and tools that address anti-Black racism within the Canadian research ecosystem
This series is part of CAREB-ACCER’s six part action plan focused on dismantling existing systems of oppression within the Canadian research ethics sector.
Session Date: Friday February 2, 2024
Session Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm EST
Lead Discussant: Dr. Eva Aboagye, PhD
This Session will focus on:
- Developing a mindset to address anti-Black racism: Intentional preparation
- Research Ethics Professional’s role
- Putting into practice the mindset to address anti-Black racism in ethics
Session Date: Thursday February 15, 2024
Session Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm EST
Lead Discussant: Dr. Marsha-Ann Scott-Black, PhD
This session will focus on: “The Research and the Researcher: Self-Decolonization – Perspectives from a Qualitative Researcher”
Session Date: Friday March 1, 2024
Session Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm EST
Lead Discussant: Dr. Nicole Kaniki, PhD
The session will provide research ethics practitioners, evaluators, and administrators with ethical approaches to using race, and specifically “Blackness” in research studies.
The objectives of the session will be:
- Understanding the concept of race as a social versus proxy variable in research.
- Understanding the use of race in the development of the research question and methods of collection.
- Analyzing and interpreting race-based data that is considerate of historical and current systems of oppression within frameworks of anti-Black racism.