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Title: "Being a Native researcher in your own community"
Authors: Mandamin, Agnes
Issue Date: Nov-2003
Publisher: School of Native Human Services
Citation: Mandamin, Agnes, 2003. "Being a Native researcher in your own community". NSWJ-V5, p. 294-298.
Abstract: Research is about knowing and understanding. It is about re­ examining issues, problems or questions of which we seek further knowledge or answers (NWSK 3555 Class Notes, September 18, 2001). First and foremost, First Nations research is a different way of knowing which involves understanding people and their perspectives. Who would understand better these "ways of knowing" than someone from the same community? Hiring Native researchers from outside one's own community has, in past experience, resulted in lack of a trust relationship and poor (or skewed) research results. A vital aspect of any First Nations Researcher is to obtain community permission. What needs to be addressed from the outset may include western ethics of "doing" research but not to the neglect of community and cultural-specific ways of "finding out things." An effective and culture-based approach to research ought to be grounded in a holistic methodology. By holistic, I mean understanding the concept of the topic from the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional aspects, not only from the researcher's point of view, but also from the community members themselves. Personal attributes of the researcher also ought to be taken into consideration. Allocation of time and place is another important aspect of consideration when it comes time for interviews. Face-to-face interviews, in my experience, seem to work best in First Nations communities, likely due to the lack of trust issue.
URI: http://142.51.24.159/dspace/handle/10219/418
ISSN: 1206-5323
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