In an effort to contribute to the currently developing understanding of ethical protocol for Aboriginal research, this paper offers a reflection on how the First Nations principles of ownership, control, access, and possession (OCAP) are understood and enacted by one research team committed to community-based research and participatory action with Aboriginal peoples in southern Saskatchewan. This account focuses, not on the methodology, but on the interpersonal process of community-based action research designed to increase health care providers’ awareness of the end-of-life health care needs of Aboriginal individuals and their families. It is our intention to bridge local and traditional knowledges, promoting respectful research with, by, and for Aboriginal peoples. To this end, we offer this narration of the personal meanings of our research process.
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