Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
360 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
September 2018
Print ISBN: 9781773380858
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Scholars understand what Indigenous research is, but how we practice Indigenous research ethically and respectfully in Canada is under exploration. This ground-breaking edited collection provides readers with concrete and in-depth examples of how to overcome the challenges of Indigenous research with respect to Indigenous worldviews, epistemologies, and ontology. In collaboration with their communities, and with guidance from Elders and other traditional knowledge keepers, each contributor links their personal narrative of Indigenous research to current discussions and debates. Accessible in nature, this interdisciplinary research tool is an essential read for all students and scholars in Indigenous Studies, as well as in the education, anthropology, sociology, and history research methodology classroom.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

Relationships, Respect, Relevance, Reciprocity and Responsibility: Taking Up Indigenous Research Approaches
Rochelle Johnston, Deborah McGregor and Jean-Paul Restoule

Part I: The Research Is the Process: Research Journeys Inside and Out

Chapter 1
miyo pimâtisiwin: (Re)claiming Voice with Our Original Instructions
Karlee D. Fellner

Chapter 2
Learning to Unlearn: Building Relationships on Anishinaabeg Territory
Katrina Srigley and Autumn Varley

Chapter 3
Research Tales with Txeemsim (Raven, the trickster)
Amy Parent

Part II: Making Space for Indigenous Research

Chapter 4
Wise Indigenous Woman Approaches to Research: Navigating Jagged Ethical Tensions and Micro-Aggressions in the Academy
Shelly Johnson

Chapter 5
Healing and Transformative Learning Through Indigenous Methodologies
Karen Hall and Erin Cusack

Chapter 6
A Tale of Two Drums: Kinoo’amaadawaad Megwaa Doodamawaad – “They are learning with each other while they are doing”
Paul Cormier and Lana Ray

Part III: Communities We Research With

Chapter 7
Conducting Community Based Research in First Nation Communities
Lorrilee McGregor

Chapter 8
Aboriginal Children in Toronto – Working Together to Improve Services
Angela Mashford-Pringle

Chapter 9
Applying Indigenous Health Community-Based Participatory Research
Darrel Manitowabi and Marion Maar

Part IV: Our Tools for Research

Chapter 10
Anishinaabe Research Theory and Methodology as Informed by Nanaboozhoo, the Bundle Bag, and the Medicine Wheel
Nicole Bell

Chapter 11
Storytelling and Narrative Inquiry – Exploring Research Methodologies
Georgina Martin

Chapter 12
Treaty #3: A Tool for Empowering Diverse Scholar to Engage in Indigenous Research
Brittany Luby with Rachel Arsenault, Joseph Burke, Michelle Graham, and Toni Valenti

Chapter 13
Working to Protect the Water: Stories of Connection and Transformation
Paige Restoule, Carly Dokis, and Benjamin Kelly

Part V: Destinations – Where Research Can Take Us

Chapter 14
Towards an Anishinaabe Research Paradigm: Theory and Practice
Deborah McGregor

Chapter 15
A Story Pathway: Restoring Wholeness in the Research Process
Nicole Penak

Chapter 16
Healing Research: Relationalism in Urban Indigenous Health Knowledge Production
Heather A. Howard

Chapter 17
Researching Within Relations of Violence: Witnessing as Methodology
Sarah Hunt

Epilogue – Indigenous Research: Future Directions
Deborah McGregor

Indigenous Research Resources
Contributor Biographies

Deborah McGregor

Deborah McGregor is an Associate Professor and currently holds a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice at Osgoode Law School and Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University.

Jean-Paul Restoule

Jean-Paul Restoule is Professor and Chair of the Department of Indigenous Education at the University of Victoria.

Rochelle Johnston

Rochelle Johnston is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.


"Indigenous Research: Theories, Practices and Relationships will be of great interest for those individuals looking to move away from the Western hierarchical status-based system of academia. What might the world look like if, instead of the scholar-academic, knowledge, people, and communities were placed at the centre of knowledge production, as this book shows? Providing a nuanced and engaging account of how to practice Indigenous research and scholarship, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in deep learning about what decolonizing research looks like in practice."
—Rima Wilkes, Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of British Columbia

"This text significantly contributes to the depth and breadth of Indigenous approaches to knowledge gathering (research) and the ongoing struggle to introduce Indigenous intellectual knowledges within the Academy. The focus on connecting intellectual and spiritual knowledges to specific Indigenous nations, and the use of relational knowledge, Indigenous languages, paradigms, and concepts are some of the major strengths of this compilation. I expect this will be a very important book. If decolonization matters to you, especially in the Academy and its institutions, read this book, teach this book, and share this book."
—Tracy Coates, J.D., M.E.S., Professor (LTA), Program Coordinator for Aboriginal Studies, Institute of Canadian and Aboriginal Studies, University of Ottawa

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