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Canadian Journal of Public Health

, Volume 96, Supplement 1, pp S60–S63 | Cite as

Rejecting, Revitalizing, and Reclaiming

First Nations Work to Set the Direction of Research and Policy Development
  • Keely Ten FingersEmail author
  • Oglala Lakota Nation
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Abstract

Background

ID=The history and legacy of Western, colonial research methodologies and policy frameworks continue to create and maintain dichotomies of superior/inferior, and valued/not valued between Western and First Nations cultures, peoples and knowledge.

Methods

ID=This article was written to awaken discussion on how First Nations are working to shape the direction of research and policy development. It draws upon the author’s personal observations and experiences of Western and Indigenous frameworks. The author also draws upon the growing body of work on this issue presented by indigenous researchers and scholars.

Findings

ID=The Health Information Research Committee of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs rejects colonial research frameworks and promotes and supports culturally-respectful research. The Dakota in Manitoba are identifying our own Quality of Life indicators and developing policies based on our own cultural values. The Mohawk of Akwesasne have developed research ethics and protocols based on their cultural principles of skennen (peace), kariwiio (good word), and kasastensera (strength).

Conclusion

ID=First Nations people in Canada and the world are increasingly rejecting Western, colonial frameworks of research and policy development. Instead, we are reclaiming our right to be who we are, and we are revitalizing our cultures through promotion and utilization of indigenous research methodologies and development of culturally-rooted policy. Though the response of researchers and policy-makers is not yet known, these developments will continue into the future due to the commitment and work of First Nations people.

MeSH terms

Indigenous research methodology culturally-rooted policy 

Résumé

Contexte

ID=L’histoire des méthodes de recherche et des cadres d’action occidentaux et coloniaux et l’héritage qu’ils ont laissés continuent à créer et à entretenir des dichotomies (supérieures/inférieures, importantes/sans importance) entre les cultures, les populations et les connaissances occidentales et celles des Premières nations.

Méthode

ID=Cet article vise à susciter un débat sur le travail effectué par les Premières nations pour orienter la recherche et l’élaboration des politiques. L’auteur a fait appel à ses observations personnelles et à son expérience des cadres occidentaux et indigènes, ainsi qu’à la somme croissante des connaissances sur cette question présentées par des chercheurs et des universitaires indigènes.

Constatations

ID=Le comité de l’Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs chargé de la recherche sur l’information sanitaire rejette les cadres de recherche coloniaux, mais favorise et appuie la recherche adaptée à la réalité culturelle de ses membres. Les Dakotas du Manitoba sont en train de définir leurs propres indicateurs de qualité de vie et d’élaborer des politiques fondées sur leurs propres valeurs culturelles. Les Mohawks d’Akwesasne ont élaboré un code de déontologie et des protocoles de recherche inspirés de leurs principes culturels: skennen (la paix), kariwiio(la parole juste) et kasastensera(la force).

Conclusion

ID=Les membres des Premières nations au Canada et dans le monde rejettent de plus en plus les cadres occidentaux et coloniaux pour la recherche et l’élaboration des politiques. Nous voulons plutôt reconquérir notre droit d’être qui nous sommes, et nous revitalisons nos cultures par la promotion et l’utilisation de méthodes de recherche indigènes et l’élaboration de politiques ancrées dans notre réalité culturelle. Nous ne savons pas encore comment réagiront les chercheurs et les décideurs, mais ces changements continueront à se produire, mus par l’engagement et le travail des Premières nations.

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© The Canadian Public Health Association 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research and Policy Development Unit, Assembly of Manitoba ChiefsOglala Lakota NationWinnipegCanada

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