Indigenous centered research is;
2. Incorporates Indigenous World Views
5. Based on relationships
6. Pushes back against colonial boundaries
7. Focused on resiliency and resistance
8. Raises up Indigenous voices and peoples
Guidelines for Indigenous Research
- Situate yourself in your work and the research
- Where are you from?
- Who are you accountable to?
- What are your biases?
- Follow Cultural Protocols
- This will ensure that the research is done in a respectful and responsible way, while following community traditions, governance structures, and guidelines.
- The goal is to research with not research on Indigenous peoples
- Questions to ask are;
- Who are we researching for?
- How will the community benefit from this research/project ?
- What are your current relationships with the community?
- How transparent is your research to the community?
- At what points in your research are you connecting with the community?
- Consent and Ownership
- Do not assume anything is in the public domain
- Who is claiming "ownership" of any research data and research materials?
- Consent must be given by the community before any research material is published
- Where Cultural Protocols followed?
- Collaboration and consultation takes time and effort, it can also take emotional labour. Everyone deserves to be compensated for their time and energy.