What are my rights as a participant?

In order to protect your rights and privacy, QNIHS fieldworkers will first obtain free, prior and informed consent from you and every participant. What does this mean for you?

  • You will be fully informed of the purpose of the research, including risks and potential benefits, as well as the confidential nature of the survey, before it begins.
  • If you are a minor, consent is obtained through your parent or guardian. If you are a youth, aged 12 and older, you will also be asked for your assent – and you may refuse to participate even if your parent or guardian consented.
  • You have the right to skip a question if you do not want to answer it. You can also stop the survey and revoke your consent at any time.
  • Information about specific individuals will not be released or identifiable. The Qanuippitaa? Team has a strong code of ethics to protect individual and collective information.

If you have questions about your rights as a research participant contact the Inuit Qaujisarvingat National Committee, at 613-299-7522 or grable@itk.ca.