Informing Traditional Knowledge Through an Indigenist Methodology in Haida Gwaii (Canada)

12 Apr 2017
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Informing Traditional Knowledge Through an Indigenist Methodology in Haida Gwaii (Canada)

This presentation outlines the use of a methodology founded on an indigenist research paradigm–an approach that places the community at the centre of the research design from the outset. Indigenous scholars advocate that it is not possible to use science-based methods (quantitative or qualitative) to produce indigenous knowledge. The crux of the problem is one of perspective: wherein the questions generated serve the objectives of those outside the community. While modern research methods can play a supporting role, an indigenist methodology stands alone based on indigenous peoples’ values (ways of being in the world) and criterion (ways of knowing the world). The case study will outline the use of this methodology in Haida Gwaii in terms of (a) the methods used to incorporate the life ways of the Haida, (b) the role of the researcher in facilitating participation, and (c) the shift in worldview required to contemplate an indigenous perspective.