Ethics is the practice of using moral practices and values to directing us to the ‘right’ choice (for the individual and greater good) with critical consideration what is “right” or “wrong”, “good” or “evil” in human conduct. Anything that has a value component is ethical in nature such as rights and entitlements, duties and obligations, justice and fairness etc. All healthcare providers have a duty to act ethically.

The basis for ethical decision-making is an Ethical Framework of articulated ethical values, principles and duties that is communicated and understood across our organization. This Framework enables us to examine the values that inform decision-making at all levels of the organization. Thus, it leads to policies and procedures that promote ethical behavior; and, ethical guides for research activities for the Stoney Nation. See Appendix 1: SHS Ethical Framework.