Section 2: Ways to Indigenize Research


The purpose of any ceremony is to build stronger relationships or bridge the distance between aspects of our cosmos and ourselves. The research that we do as Indigenous people is a ceremony that allows us a raised level of consciousness and insight into our world. Let us go forward together with open minds and good hearts as we further take part in this ceremony.

– Shawn Wilson, 2008, p. 11

For this section, you will explore how Indigenizing research is interconnected and relational. You will consider current knowledge-protection issues and recognize the steps to take when including Indigenous language in your research. You will also use an interconnected and intersected model and process called SPECIALTYPATHLIST.

Purpose of this section

This section provides a way to look and think critically about the scope of protocols and practice in research and how it can shape working relationships. Topics include:

  • Copyright and intellectual property
  • The importance of Indigenous language and intent
  • Using Indigenous metaphors in research
  • Ways to plan a collaborative and respectful research project

This section can take up to 4 hours to complete on your own. Some group activities can occur over an academic semester.


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Pulling Together: A Guide for Researchers, Hiłḵ̓ala Copyright © 2021 by Dianne Biin; Deborah Canada; John Chenoweth; and Lou-ann Neel is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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