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Like Braiding Sweetgrass Nurturing Relationships and Alliances in Indigenous Community-based Research

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Like Braiding Sweetgrass Nurturing Relationships and Alliances in Indigenous Community-based Research

Victor, Janice, Goulet, Linda, Schmidt, Karen, Linds, Warren, Episkenew, Jo-Ann and Goulet, Keith (2016) Like Braiding Sweetgrass Nurturing Relationships and Alliances in Indigenous Community-based Research. International Review of Qualitative Research, 9 (4). pp. 423-445. ISSN 1940-8447

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/irqr.2016.9.4.423

Abstract

The shifting environment of Indigenous community-based research demands reflexivity because the negotiation and maintenance of relationships are central (Findlay, Ray, & Basualdo, 2014). This paper expands on the importance of social relationships in the Nehinuw (Cree) worldview by reflecting on an ongoing research partnership among a team of Indigenous and Settler researchers from three universities and one Indigenous community agency. The Nehinuw relationships of weechihitowin (supporting and helping each other), weechiyauguneetowin (partnership, collaborative or shared action), otootemitowin (respectful openness and acceptance of others), and weechiseechigemitowin (alliances for common action) (L. Goulet & K. Goulet, 2014) form the theoretical framework for analyzing the challenges and successes that have sustained this collaboration for almost 10 years. This article will enhance understanding of Indigenous community-based research to promote an epistemological shift toward Indigenous modes of inquiry.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Applied Human Sciences
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Victor, Janice and Goulet, Linda and Schmidt, Karen and Linds, Warren and Episkenew, Jo-Ann and Goulet, Keith
Journal or Publication:International Review of Qualitative Research
Date:2016
Funders:
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Aboriginal Peoples Health
  • Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.1525/irqr.2016.9.4.423.
Keywords:community-based research, collaboration, decolonization, Indigenous research
ID Code:982152
Deposited By: WARREN LINDS
Deposited On:26 Jan 2017 20:14
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:54
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