R4R@Q Webinar Series - The “4Rs” of Indigenous Research


Wednesday January 13, 2021
6:00 am - 7:00 am


Virtual Workshop

The Office of the Vice-Principal Research in collaboration with the Office of Indigenous Initiatives proudly presented Respect, Relevance, Reciprocity and Responsibility: The “4Rs” of Indigenous Research on January 13, 2021.


About this event:

The Office of the Vice-Principal Research in collaboration with the Office of Indigenous Initiatives proudly present: Respect, Relevance, Reciprocity and Responsibility: The“4Rs” of Indigenous Research – a storytelling and Q&A session.

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. In adhering to the principles such as respect, relevance, reciprocity, and responsibility, Indigenous research facilitates the enactment of relational accountability which is fundamental to building strong research partnerships with Indigenous communities.

The "4Rs" of Indigenous Research (Kirkness & Barnhardt, 1991) is a useful self-reflection tool that helps researchers lay foundations for meaningful research projects and build relationships in a good way.

Listen to Queen’s Elder in Residence and staff members engaged in community-based research share stories, thoughts and reflections on incorporating the principles of respect, relevance, reciprocity and responsibility into their research practice. Please be prepared to bring Indigenous research-related questions as there will be time allotted for an open Q&A session.

Questions? Please contact Andrea Hiltz ( ahiltz@queensu.ca)


Wendy is an Elder in Residence at the Office of Indigenous Initiatives. She shares teachings, facilitates circles and provides support & guidance to the broader Queen's community. Wendy is of the Bald Eagle Clan; She is Potawatomi and Ojibwa and a proud member of Wasauksing First Nation in the heart of the Muskokas. Wendy provides support to students, staff and faculty at Queen's. She is a keeper of the 8th Fire Prophecies, Keeper of the Ancient Thunderbird Calendar, Ceremonial Leader, Spiritual Educator, Cultural Innovator and Traditional Indigenous Healer. Wendy is a lifelong educator, advocate and supports Traditional Indigenous Ways of Knowing; devoted to improving the quality of life for the next seven generations.


Sharon is an Associate Director at the Office of Indigenous Initiatives. As the third generation in her family to attend residential school, she is particularly passionate about working towards reconciliation. Sharon has extensive management and leadership experience having worked with government, non-profit and Indigenous organizations across Canada and internationally. She has gained valuable experience working with a complex array of stakeholders, often in cross-cultural environments where language and cultural ways play a role in good relations. Most recently, Sharon served as the Program Lead for Indigenous Health at the Canadian Institute of Health Information in Ottawa where she led the development of organizational cultural responsiveness and was instrumental in the planning and implementation of an emerging Indigenous health strategy.


Aleksandra is a Research Advisor, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Indigenization (EDII) at the Office of the Vice-Principal Research. Aleksandra is a Polish settler researcher with an academic background in sociology and cultural studies.  She has extensive experience engaging with Indigenous communities in international contexts on a variety of research projects spanning Indigenous language revitalization, land rights, political representation and barriers to exercising the right to informed consultation and consent. Recently, she collaborated with the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) on research studies about Indigenous knowledge transfer and culture-based governance in urban Indigenous communities. 


Learn more about the Resources for Research at Queen’s series