Alaska Indigenous Research Program (AKIRP): Promoting Resilience, Health and Wellness

January 9, 2023

Since 2019, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) and the Alaska Pacific University (APU) have hosted the Alaska Indigenous Research Program (AKIRP): Promoting Resilience, Health and Wellness. The 5th Annual Alaska Indigenous Research Program will be held May 8-26, 2023 at the Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage, Alaska. A limited number of scholarships to cover travel and registration fees are available.

The goal of AKIRP is to increase the health research capacity of Alaska Native and American Indian people and communities by providing Indigenous-centered, cross-cultural research education and training offered through weekly programming for audiences of varying experience and background.

Week 1 | May 8-12, 2023 | Advanced Research is designed for experienced researchers and health professionals. Presentations and speakers will cover Indigenous and Western knowledge and ways of knowing, decolonizing research practices, Indigenous research methodologies, bringing together multiple perspectives in research, community-based participatory and culturally responsive research, and historical trauma and research.

Week 2 | May 15-19, 2023 | Research Ethics This is designed for all levels of research experience. Presentations and speakers will cover the history of research in Alaska, historical trauma, decolonizing research practices, Tribally-driven health research and research review, human subject research principles, Institutional Review Board (IRB) review, culturally responsive dissemination practices and principles of community-based participatory research.

Week 3 | May 22-26, 2023 | Introductory Research is for those who are interested in health research with little to no experience. Presentations and speakers will cover an introduction to Indigenous and Western research methods, exploration of different types of health research, introduction to community-based participatory research and the history and ethics of health research in Alaska.

AKIRP aims to support Indigenous students and scholars to draw on different cultural values, knowledge systems and methods. Non-Indigenous program participants will gain an understanding for the need and value in reciprocity, cultural humility and relationality between Indigenous knowledge and Western science to address health disparities.

“to learn to see from your one eye with the best or the strengths in the Indigenous knowledges and ways of knowing … and learn to see from your other eye with the best or the strengths in the mainstream (Western or Eurocentric} knowledges and ways of knowing… but most importantly, learn to see with both these eyes together, for the benefit of all.” (Mi’kmaw Elders Albert and Murdena Marshall)

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