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Title: The state of indigenous research in Canada: a review of canadian university graduate and post-graduate theses 2010-2015
Authors: Gordey, Erin
Keywords: Community-based participatory research;Indigenous research priorities;Indigenous research paradigm shift
Issue Date: 2-May-2016
Abstract: There is currently a lot of academic work being conducted in the area of Indigenous studies by Canadian scholars. In particular, attention has been given to the paradigm shift in Indigenous studies where the participatory focus is on benefiting Indigenous communities, versus mere academic exercise. Amongst all of the attention given to the paradigm shift in Indigenous methodology, it can be difficult to get an understanding of what themes of research have been under-explored and how a researcher could best support the research field. This thesis sets out to identify priority areas of Indigenous research, research themes that are under-researched, and the state of Indigenous research conducted by the academic community in Canadian Universities. This qualitative study examines a representative sample of graduate and post-graduate theses on Indigenous studies between the periods of 2010 to 2015 and qualifies them according to the 25 themes identified as priority, by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The results from this research show that the categories ranked as top priority are Indigenous justice, urban issues, Indigenous identities, Indigenous languages and traditions, economies and labour studies, governance and sovereignty, Indigenous humanities and culture and lands and environment. This study shows when comparing sampled theses to priority themes, with the exception of research pertaining to land, and Indigenous humanities, ongoing research in these categories is still required. It is determined that the acknowledgement of the paradigm shift in Indigenous research has been successful in the production of Indigenous study themes that are in line with the determined priorities and methodologies.
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