Section 4: Reciprocal Research and Practice


Although these Indigenous-led and Indigenized research examples are not definitive, they provide a snapshot of the innovative, inclusive, and reciprocal work that can occur in research. The following activities are an opportunity for you to once again visit your research idea and explore how to create spaces for self-determination.


Activity 1: Community-initiated research components

Type: Individual

Time: 1–2 hours

  1. Review information about the Salish CURA project and Aboriginal Indigenous Engagement Model:
    • Identify at least three components (for example, stated goals, activities, protocols) that may be necessary in your research project.
    • Draft your own goals, activities, and protocols, and critically examine the steps you think will be needed to finalize each.
  2. Seek out an example of a community-initiated and controlled research project and determine what was different and unique about this research from what you hold true about research.


Activity 2: Principles of an interconnected research project

Type: Group

Time: 1 hour

  1. Present goals, activities, and protocols of your research idea or plan to one another.
  2. Provide critical feedback and generate ideas around key elements of the research project that should be considered and addressed. What should be included in a partnership agreement and in a research plan?
  3. From this discussion, present strategies that speak to how the physical, spiritual, intellectual, and political nature of research impacts both communities and disciplines.


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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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