Ethics in Community Based Monitoring and Knowledge Coproduction

Kelly Bannister
Karin Smith Fargey
Megan Spencer
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A two-day workshop “Ethical Space for Knowledge Coproduction: Workshop on Ethics in Community Based Monitoring” brought together 60 people from February 12-13, 2019, at the University of Alberta on the traditional territories of Treaty 6 Nations and the homelands of the Métis peoples. The gathering included ethics experts, scientists, community-based monitoring (CBM) practitioners and Indigenous partners involved in knowledge coproduction.

The workshop was an opportunity for participants to build a common understanding of ethical space for knowledge coproduction, reflect on key ethical issues and solutions from their own experiences in environmental CBM, and contribute to a collective exchange among peers and partners. The two days were not intended to identify ‘quick fixes’ to problems and issues, rather, they were designed to support networking and dialogue within a growing community of practice, and to contribute to the development of draft Ethical Guidelines for Community Based Monitoring and Knowledge Coproduction to meet a practical need for ethical guidance that has been expressed by practitioners of CBM and knowledge coproduction in Alberta.

This report summarizes the proceedings from the workshop.