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Theories, Practices, and Relationships
Edited by Deborah McGregor, Jean-Paul Restoule, Rochelle Johnston
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.
- explores the foundations of Indigenous research methods
- offers key theoretical, ethical, and methodological questions at the beginning of each chapter
- brings together contributions from seasoned and emerging scholars, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, who research in diverse contexts
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
List of Figures and Tables viii
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
"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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