Indigenous Research

Indigenous research is conducted by or with First Nations, Inuit, Métis or other Indigenous societies and individuals while engaging with Indigenous knowledge systems in a culturally appropriate manner. It addresses issues relevant to Indigenous peoples and results in meaningful outcomes that benefit them directly. Knowledge gathering grounded in Indigenous ways of being arises in relationship to the land, language, community and all beings. In adhering to the principles such as respect, relevance, reciprocity, and responsibility (Kirkness & Barnhardt, 1991), Indigenous research projects facilitate the enactment of relational accountability which is fundamental to building strong research partnerships.

The importance of Indigenous research is firmly embedded in key institutional documents such as  Yakwanastahentéha Aankenjigemi Extending the Rafters: Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force Final Report (PDF 4.5 MB) and  Strategic Research Plan 2018-2023 (PDF 145 KB). Both documents assert Queen’s commitment to the codes of research practice that are grounded in informed consent and reciprocal relationships with Indigenous communities, expressed in the phrase “Nothing about us without us.”

Knowledge by Portia Chapman

Portia “Po” Chapman is a local Canadian born, award-winning, contemporary artist reclaiming her Indigenous Ancestry. Po is a graduate of the Queen’s University Bachelor of Fine Art Honours program (Visual Art / Indigenous Studies) and recipient of the 2019 Graduation Visual Art Award. She is a multidisciplinary artist pursuing a teaching career focusing on Visual Arts and First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Studies. Po’s “My Creation” is featured on the cover of the inaugural edition of the Queen’s ASUS Journal of Indigenous Studies. As a child from rural Ontario, she grew up playing in the forest and listening to the sounds of nature.

Portia's website

The website of the Office of Indigenous Initiatives offers useful information about Indigenous-centred research and Queen’s faculty members whose research programs involve collaboration with Indigenous communities.

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Research Advisor, Indigenous Initiatives

Research Advisor, Indigenous Initiatives (RAII) works collaboratively across campus, providing advice on wise practices around the life cycle of Indigenous-centred research and on the co-development, review, submission and administration of applications for research funding, including those sponsored by external funding agencies and organizations. RAII also supports Indigenous research aspects of the ethics review process, assists in the coordination of workshops and training on Indigenous research methods and community-based research, and helps with the development of Indigenous-related research initiatives.

Aleksandra Bergier, PhD
Research Advisor, Indigenous Initiatives