An Indigenous Research Narrative: Ethics and Protocols Over Time and Space

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All month you can read original posts, interviews with authors and experts, and open access resources. Sign up for the Indigenous and Intercultural Research: Issues, Ethics, and Methods webinar, February 27.

We are exploring Indigenous and Intercultural Research on MethodSpace this month. (See the entire series here.)  As part of our February focus on Indigenous and Intercultural Research, we are offering a series of articles from SAGE Journals. These articles are available for open access download until March 15. Access is only available through the link posted here on MethodSpace.

In January, the MethodSpace focus was on researchers’ roles, with the foundational post about integrity and ethical practice. This article describes ethical issues faced by researchers working across cultures and communities, with shared goals for understanding and promoting “culturally inclusive possibilities for living together on a shared planet.”

This narrative begins in 1950, a conversation between Sam Jim, an Indigenous Elder in British Columbia (BC), and a university professor researching Sam’s community. Sam troubles the privileging of Western thinking, knowledge, values, and practices. The story fast-forwards to a contemporary research partnership between an Indigenous researcher, the same BC Indigenous community and an Indigenous community in Peru. Each community faces different struggles in protecting their lands from resource extraction and in regenerating traditional ecological knowledges for future generations. They meet these challenges by reviving their traditional knowledges and practices, including human and more-than-human interrelationships and interdependencies. The communities have different cosmologies, histories, geographies, languages, economies, and socio-political contexts. This requires research methodologies and methods that acknowledge the challenges and opportunities of working across different contexts toward more complex, culturally inclusive possibilities for living together on a shared planet.

Read or download the full article until March 15.

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