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Indigenous Portfolio

ICES Staff Profile: Pam Naponse-Corbiere, Project Navigator Indigenous Portfolio

For several years, ICES has been working closely with our Indigenous partners. Together we have developed unique data governance and data sharing agreements that apply to the use of Indigenous data.

Pam Naponse-Corbiere, Project Navigator Indigenous Portfolio

The ICES Indigenous Portfolio has a core team that supports our Indigenous partners. Pam Naponse-Corbiere is a Project Navigator with the Indigenous Portfolio and guides Indigenous Communities through ICES' research process as they work with researchers and scientists. As a proud Anishnabe Kwe (Indigenous woman) from Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, Pam will help to bridge the gap to ensure research is done with Indigenous people and not without them.

Why are you excited about the work at ICES?

I am excited to work with Indigenous groups to help guide research and to empower themselves with data to improve communities’ health and wellbeing.

What do you hope to achieve?

I have worked within our Indigenous communities my entire career and what I find the most exciting is learning about the data and how data can be used to assist communities with positive programing and services.

By bridging the gap between the scientists and Indigenous communities, we are able to assist with understanding our culture, our traditional practices, and the impact of our historical trauma.  By working together, the benefits of research will only benefit communities’ strength.

What are your thoughts on why research is important for Indigenous peoples’ wellbeing?

Research is important for Indigenous peoples’ wellbeing as it empowers communities to own, control, access and possess data and information. Indigenous communities have experienced many political, social interferences and colonialism processes that have had great impacts.

Why it is important that research is directed by Indigenous People?

It is important that Indigenous people direct research because our lived experience of community living and historical trauma still impacts our lives today.  My parents are both residential school survivors, and their strength has been passed on to me in raising my family in a good way. The historical trauma from many moons ago still has an impact on our communities and families. We were given gifts from the creator and have been taught how to use them. We understand racism; we understand the impact of the colour of our skin; and the strength of the traditional teachings. We understand the importance of community and that we are all connected.

Interview conducted on June 20, 2019.