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Indigenous Studies

A group of students in an indigenous canoe paddling along the Otonabee river
Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies

Indigenous Studies

Inawendiwin and relational accountability in Indigenous-university research partnerships

Guest Lecturer: Dr. Nicholas Reo
Friday, June 15, 2018 - 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Science Complex
Guest Lecturer: Dr. Nicholas Reo

Researchers working with Indigenous nations often recognize the need to build respectful relationships with nation representatives, but too often assume that everyone has the same understandings of respect and accountability. Relational accountability, an ethical guideline for conducting research with Indigenous nation partners, references the kin-centric beliefs among many Indigenous peoples. It implies that researchers are responsible for nurturing honorable relationships with community collaborators and are accountable to the entire communities where they work, potentially including collaborators’ more-than-human network of relations.

This research examines relational accountability within Indigenous environmental research, focusing in particular on work within Anishnaabe contexts. Anishnaabe Inawendiwin refers to teachings about kinship that provide a path for centering research ethics and praxis in Anishnaabe ways of knowing and being. Anishnaabe inawendiwin urges researchers to remain committed to Indigenous nation or community partners regardless of budgets and beyond research grant timelines; to attend to accountabilities towards more-than-human communities; to foster loving, personal relationships with research partners; and to involve youth genuinely in the partnerships.



Posted on June 11, 2018