- Accuracy. We record and communicate data as accurately as possible and share records of all data processing steps.
- Curiosity. We ask questions freely and without reservations, even if they appear stupid or at odds with current paradigms.
- Diversity. We value diversity because it enriches our culture and helps us realize our ambitions.
- Equity. We provide each of us with the individualized resources and support they need to realize their goals.
- Inclusiveness. We ensure each of us has equal opportunity for participation, such as teaching, presenting and peer-reviewing.
- Integrity. We communicate truthfully and our actions line up with what we communicate.
- Respect. We treat each other kindly and with understanding, no one is better than another for any reason.
- Safety. We prioritize a safe working environment that promotes physical and mental health. We advocate the safety of our environment to others.
- Transparency of data and ideas. We share our progress as openly as possible, both in formal and informal settings, within and outside the group.
- Trust. We build and maintain relationships of mutual trust that enable effective collaboration to take place.
Acknowledgement of Territorial Lands
The MMG labs at the University of Calgary are situated on land adjacent to where the Bow River meets the Elbow River; this site has long been called Moh’kinstsis by the Blackfoot, also Wîchîspa by the Nakoda, Guts’ists’i by Tsuut’ina, and it is the birthplace of the city of Calgary.
In the spirit of reconciliation, reciprocity, honour, and respect, we acknowledge that we are situated on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Goodstoney First Nations). The Métis people of Alberta Districts 5 & 6 also call this land their home.
MMG researchers appreciate the opportunities we have to work together with Indigenous communities in Canada. Our work with the Nunatsiavut Government as part of their Imappivut marine plan is a collaboration with the Inuit of Nunatsiavut and focuses on ocean samples from Nunatsiavut waters that we collect together with local partners.
Our projects are guided by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). We strive to carry out research with respect, reciprocity, responsibility, relevance, and relationality that includes Indigenous peoples as partners, fellow researchers, Knowledge Keepers, and Rightsholders, in keeping with the First Nations Principles of OCAP® and the National Inuit Strategy on Research. We want to honor Indigenous knowledge and braid together different ways of knowing in a meaningful way, to achieve a just and brighter future.