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Indigenous Resources


Indigenous Resources

This guide will help you find information relevant to Indigenous topics in Treaty 6, Treaty 7, and Métis ancestral lands.

Indigenous Knowledges

Indigenous Knowledges are Traditional Knowledges or knowledge that comes from a community. Indigenous methodologies are increasingly being used in research. 

Indigenous Knowledges:

  • Are transmitted from generation to generation
  • Emerge from complete knowledge systems
  • Are expressed in many formats. eg. oral, ceremony, artistic creations, artifacts, etc
  • Are not all in the past; there is continued growth, innovation and change in practices
  • Include history, law, spirituality, agriculture, environment, science, medicine, animal  behaviour and migration patterns, art, music, dance, craft, construction, and more

Indigenous research methods:

  • Challenge the notion of neutrality of the researcher
  • Aim to animate postcolonial institutions with Indigeneity
  • Challenge the assumptions of domination, patriarchy, racism
  • Are increasingly accepted in academic institutions

Finding Indigenous Knowledges Resources

Issues in using Indigenous Knowledges resources include:

  • Assessing the quality of the information without peer review
  • Ethics requirements for obtaining information directly from people

Primary Sources

Many assignments require the use of primary sources, and Indigenous Knowledges resources can often be used. These might be:

  • Community-produced materials and information
  • Images of traditional clothing, regalia, activities
  • Recordings / digital versions of traditional practices (Ceremonies are not usually photographed or recorded and if they are, it may not be appropriate to use them.)
  • Oral pieces

Suggested Sources:

Research with Indigenous Peoples in Canada

Research with Indigenous peoples in Canada has a complicated and problematic history. For information about doing research in partnership with Indigenous peoples and communities, see Red Deer Polytechnic Research Common's Research with Indigenous Peoples.

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