An example of community partnership between the Métis Nation of Ontario and a university research team

Koorn, K.
Harrison, E.
Gravelle, M.
Tindale, J.
Norris, J.
Thériault, É.
Pigeau, L.
MacQuarrie, J.
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Researchers from the University of Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier University (Family Gambling team), were mid-way in an intergenerational gambling research project and had a Year 3 goal of recruiting an ethnically diverse sample. They needed more respondents and more in-depth responses. Through a research team contact, they contacted the Metis Nation of Ontario (MNO). The MNO was very interested in collaborating, as they have a mandate to conduct high-quality research with a Metis focus. The project also aligned with MNO's Aboriginal Responsible Gambling initiative and offered capacity-building opportunities. MNO was likewise attracted by the chance of developing a research project that would rest upon province-wide community engagement. Even with two willing parties, almost a year transpired before a final Letter of Agreement was signed. This poster will relate the process of negotiating the Letter of Agreement. The eventual partners engaged in meetings, writing letters of interest, employed a Canadian Institutes of Health Research template, had discussions about methods and extensive discussions about write-up of results and knowledge transfer/ mobilization. Other issues relating to time to complete tasks, the relationship with the funder, and changing staff will also be discussed. This has been a very rewarding experience for both groups, and now that a formal relationship has been established, the Family Gambling team and the MNO look forward to collaborating on future research projects.

This collection of 52 posters was presented at the Partnership Practices: Working with Community, Industry and Government event. This event was designed to highlight community-university partnerships for research and other purposes from across the university and community at a one-day event held at the Quebec Street Mall in the City of Guelph, Ontario. The website for the event and all resources is
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