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Guiding Principles

Guiding Principles

  • Document, promote and incorporate traditional knowledge of nutrition and environment
  • Respond to concerns of local communities on their food, food use and environment
  • Develop participatory relationships between communities and scientists for undertaking research in nutrition and ecosystems
  • Encourage continuing consultation, communication and recognition of elders to enhance the relevance of CINE's work
  • Implement ethics guidelines for research, including those related to intellectual property rights as adopted by University Councils and the CINE Board
  • Provide training to students and other residents of local communities
  • Communicate research findings widely, both nationally and internationally, and contribute to policy developments in areas related to the CINE mission

Basic contributions

  • Work towards quantifying nutrients, non-nutrients and contaminant levels in traditional food systems
  • Contribute to the understanding of the many health benefits associated with consumption of traditional food resources, as well as health risk from contaminants
  • Contribute to the development of techniques to identify trends in deterioration in quality of traditional food systems, and to suggest possible remedial actions
  • Contribute to the development of the necessary tools, methods and protocols for nutritional and related environmental studies
  • Undertake collaborative international research and exchange among Indigenous Peoples on CINE issues

Within McGill University

  • Serve as a focus for information exchange and cooperation among interdisciplinary McGill staff and communities of Indigenous Peoples to address issues of food systems, nutrition and environment in research and education
  • Contribute to university education at pre- and post-graduate levels in disciplines related to studies in nutrition and the environment
  • Ensure that faculty and staff are full and contributing members within the McGill community, and to scholarly communities to which they belong