Section 4: Reciprocal Research and Practice


In this section, you will explore examples of collaborative and reciprocal research with Indigenous communities. Conducting research that is respectful, relevant, responsible, and reciprocal can be a difficult undertaking (Archibald, 2008; Pidgeon, 2008). Building trust takes time as many Indigenous people mistrust researchers due to the negative legacy of research on the topic of Indigenous Peoples. This section outlines projects as examples to express how Indigenous communities can benefit from reciprocal and interconnected research relationships. The projects, which the authors have contributed to and supported, range from exploring the concept and roles of reconciliation to supporting linguistic visions of Indigenous communities.

Purpose of this section

For this section, you will take what you have learned in the previous sections and see how approaches, agreements, and relationships have Indigenized, decolonized, and reconciled practice. Topics include:

  • Community-led language revitalization
  • Reconciliation with institutions and Indigenous communities
  • Building Indigenous community engagement models

This section will take 2 hours to complete on your own; some groups activities can be done in the classroom or in Indigenous communities with educational partners.


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