Consent form

Consent Form

Research project: Identity, worldview and life experience among Cree drinkers: An ethnography of Native drinking in James Bay

Researcher: Jacky Vallée, PhD student, University of Montreal

Research supervisor: Dr. Marie-Pierre Bousquet

A) Information for participants

1. Research goals

The main goal of this project is to understand the life experience and views of young Eeyou people who drink alcohol. There is a lot of misinformation in Canadian society about the use of alcohol in Native communities. Many people rely on stereotypes about Native people. This project will help people see beyond these stereotypes and understand that people who drink have important stories to tell. Another goal of the project is to understand how other people in the community are affected by the alcohol use of their family members and friends. I also wish to understand the different kinds of views there are in the community about alcohol.

2. Participation

Your participation in this research will consist of informal interviews. This means that I will suggest some topics and let you talk about your experiences and views on those topics while I listen. With your permission, I will record your responses on audio tapes. Depending on your level of comfort and interest, we may conduct up to 3 follow-up interviews so that you can go into more depth about your life experiences and tell your story. Also, with your permission, we can meet informally during other activities in the community to talk about community life. During these encounters, I would be observing the life of the town. This is called participant-observation. This knowledge will also be used as data for this research.

3. Confidentiality

The information that you share will be held in strict confidentiality. A different code will be used for each participant and only the researcher will have access to the list of participants and their codes. No private information about you will be published in any form. All information that would allow a third party to identify you will be destroyed after 7 years.

4. Advantages and possible inconveniences

Your participation in this research will contribute to greater knowledge about the experiences and views of Native people who drink and about the impact of alcohol in Native communities. It will also give you the opportunity to talk about your life to someone who will not judge you.

However, talking about these topics might sometimes lead you to remember things that trigger negative emotions. If this happens, please feel free to talk to the researcher about it. He can refer you to someone who can help you deal with these emotions.

5. The right to withdraw

Your participation in this research project is completely voluntary. You are free to withdraw at any time, without prejudice, simply by telling the researcher. You can call him, email him or tell him in person. The researcher will not try to persuade you to change your mind and you will not have to justify your choice. If you choose to withdraw from the project, all the information that was gathered up until that point will be destroyed.

You also have the right to indicate to the researcher that some information is not to be used as data. For example, if you say something in an interview that you consider too personal or that you don’t really mean, or if something happens during participant-observation that you don’t want the researcher to write about, this will be respected.

B) CONSENT

I declare that I have taken notice of the information above and that the researcher answered all my questions about my participation in this project. I also declare that I understand the goals and nature of this project as well as the advantages and possible inconveniences related to my participation in this project.

After some reflection, I freely consent to participate in this research project. I know that I can withdraw at any time without prejudice and without having to justify my decision. I also know that I can ask the researcher to not use certain pieces of information in his project.

___ I will participate in the life histories or interview component of this project.

___ I will participate in the participant-observation component of this project.

Signature: ___________________________       Date: ________________________

Last name: _______________________________      First name: ______________________

I also consent to having my interviews digitally recorded. I understand that only the researcher will have access to the recordings and that I will be given a copy on CD for my own use.

Signature: ___________________________       Date: ________________________

I declare that I have explained the goals and nature of the project as well as the advantages and possible inconveniences related to participation in this project. I also declare that I have answered the participant’s questions to the best of my abilities.

Researcher’s signature___________________ Date: ___________________________

Last name: ________________________________ First name: _________________________

If you have any questions about this research project or if you would like to withdraw from the project, please contact Jacky Vallée, researcher, at 819-855-2308 or at jackyvallee@gmail.com.

If you have any complaints about your participation in this project, please contact the ombudsman of the University of Montreal at (514) 343-2100 or at ombudsman@umontreal.ca. (The ombudsman will accept collect calls).

A signed copy of this consent form must be given to the participant.

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