Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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360 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
August 2018
Print ISBN: 9781773380858


Indigenous research is an important and burgeoning field of study. With the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call for the Indigenization of higher education and growing interest within academic institutions, scholars are exploring research methodologies that are centred in or emerge from Indigenous worldviews, epistemologies, and ontology. This new edited collection moves beyond asking what Indigenous research is and examines how Indigenous approaches to research are carried out in practice.

Contributors share their personal experiences of conducting Indigenous research within the academy in collaboration with their communities and with guidance from Elders and other traditional knowledge keepers. Their stories are linked to current discussions and debates, and their unique journeys reflect the diversity of Indigenous languages, knowledges, and approaches to inquiry.

Indigenous Research is an essential read for students in Indigenous studies programs, as well as for those studying research methodologies in education, sociology, anthropology, and history.


Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables viii

Acknowledgements ix

Preface x

Introduction: Relationships, Respect, Relevance, Reciprocity, and Responsibility: Taking up Indigenous Research Approaches 1

Rochelle Johnston, Deborah McGregor, and Jean-Paul Restoule

PART I: The Research Is the Process: Research Journeys Inside and Out 23

Chapter 1: miyo pimâtisiwin: (Re)claiming Voice with Our Original Instructions 25, Karlee D. Fellner

Chapter 2: Learning to Unlearn: Building Relationships on anishinaabeg Territory 46, Katrina Srigley and Autumn Varley

Chapter 3: Research Tales with Txeemsim (Raven, the Trickster) 65, Amy Parent

PART II: Making Space For Indigenous Research 81

Chapter 4: Wise Indigenous Woman Approaches to Research: Navigating and Naming Jagged Ethical Tensions and Micro-Aggressions in the Academy 83, Shelly Johnson/Mukwa Musayett

Chapter 5: Healing and Transformative Learning Through Indigenous Methodologies 98, 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” 112, Paul Cormier and Lana Ray

PART III: Communities We Research With 127

Chapter 7: Conducting Community-Based Research in First Nation Communities 129, Lorrilee McGregor

Chapter 8: Aboriginal Children in Toronto: Working Together to Improve Services 142, Angela Mashford-Pringle

Chapter 9: Applying Indigenous Health Community-Based Participatory Research 155, Darrel Manitowabi and Marion Maar

PART IV: Our Tools For Research 173

Chapter 10: Anishinaabe Research Theory and Methodology as Informed by Nanaboozhoo, the Bundle Bag, and the Medicine Wheel 175, Nicole Bell

Chapter 11: Storytelling and Narrative Inquiry: Exploring Research Methodologies 187, Georgina Martin

Chapter 12: Treaty #3: A Tool for Empowering Diverse Scholars to Engage in Indigenous Research 200, Brittany Luby with Rachel Arsenault, Joseph Burke, Michelle Graham, and Toni Valenti

Chapter 13: Working to Protect the Water: Stories of Connection and Transformation 219, Paige Restoule, Carly Dokis, and Benjamin Kelly

PART V: Destinations: Where Research Can Take Us 241

Chapter 14: Toward an Aanishinaabe Research Paradigm: Theory and Practice 243, Deborah McGregor

Chapter 15: A Story Pathway: Restoring Wholeness in the Research Process 257, Nicole Penak

Chapter 16: Healing Research: Relationalism in Urban Indigenous Health Knowledge Production 271, Heather A. Howard

Chapter 17: Researching Within Relations of Violence: Witnessing as Methodology 282, Sarah Hunt

Epilogue: Indigenous Research: Future Directions 296, Deborah McGregor

Indigenous Research Resources 311

Contributor Biographies 328

Index 335

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 in 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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