Indigenous peoples have long critiqued the harmful effects of Eurocentric research processes upon Indigenous cultures and communities. This paper—which is grounded in the author’s knowledge and experience as an Aboriginal Australian academic—examines three threshold considerations relevant to non-Indigenous scholars who seek to enter into respectful research relationships with Indigenous peoples or knowledges. The first is the question of whether the research should be conducted at all. The second is positionality and how this affects research.
This article traces pivotal moments in the history of Indigenous participation in social research as “objects” of study, informants, collaborators and researchers. It proposes that these racial and political hierarchies have been forged by colonization. Specific histories reveal the ways these links have developed over time. The Mapuche peoples’ experience with the fi eld of history and knowledge production is understood here as both a political position and a site of enunciation that contributes to understanding these relations.
This article explores Sámi cultural and literary research in a pan- Sámi perspective, contextualizing it in relation to the emergence of similar research among other Indigenous peoples in the world, termed Indigenous methodology. The article summarizes the development within the field so far, arguing for stronger Sámi participation in the international discourse on the role of Indigenous peoples within academia.
Ecuador has long championed the struggle against colonialism and criticized exploitative neoliberal policies in Latin America. However, the government’s continued support of resource extraction on Indigenous lands has led them to repress legitimate protest movements and to violate key legal documents including the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the country’s own constitution.