Health Science Building, 155 College Street, Room HS208
  • April 14, 2016 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Speaker: Earl Nowgesic, RN, PhD, Member (Ojibwe) of the Gull Bay First Nation; Assistant Professor, Social and Behavioural Health Sciences Division; and Interim Director, Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health

Description: In this session, I explore critical Indigenous qualitative research – an approach influenced by a critical social paradigm (CSP) and an Indigenous research paradigm (IRP). A CSP has an idealist ontology that is based upon historical realism, and a subjectivist/transactional epistemology, where findings are ultimately determined by weighing the values of various people in a particular time and place. Specifically defined by Indigenous cultures, an IRP has both a relational ontology and epistemology and utilizes interpretative research methods that are appropriate to the lived experiences, including the culture, language, and traditional values, of Indigenous peoples. Using my work on the Indigenous Red Ribbon Storytelling Study, I discuss the ways in which I operationalize critical Indigenous qualitative research and employ Indigenous methods including Indigenous sharing circles. The study design, I argue, not only respects the values, beliefs and cultural practices of Indigenous peoples but supports research relevant to Indigenous peoples.

*Lunch: Plan to stick around after the seminar for an end-of-term pizza lunch and chance to connect with new and old colleagues in the CQ community!