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.
The study of Indigenous peoples and their cultures has in the past raised serious ethical questions within the academic sphere as well as in the Aboriginal community. This paper examines culturally appropriate and sensitive research ethics within urban Aboriginal communities in Canada, through the lens of the research guideline of Ownership, Control, Access and Possession, and the more recent Utility, Self- Voicing, Access and Inter- relationality framework created by the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres.
This paper explores some of the thinking and planning involved in Indigenizing the curriculum of a postgraduate research and writing workshop delivered by Central Queensland University on the Sunshine Coast in 2013. In this paper, the authors adopt an action research approach to developing and Indigenizing the curriculum and the workshop processes. The authors explore ways to create a learning environment that is welcoming for Indigenous students, rather than one which can exclude and thus minimize participation and learning outcomes.
This paper explores a decolonizing approach to research about Indigenous women’s health in Australia. The paper identifies the strengths of decolonizing methodologies as a way to prioritize Indigenous values and worldviews, develop partnerships between researchers and the researched, and contribute to positive change. The authors draw on Laenui’s (2000) five-step model of decolonization to describe their work in the Indigenous Women’s Wellness Project in Brisbane,Queensland.
Recently, Indigenous scholars have raised a number of concerns with the activities of Research Ethics Boards (REBs) and their members, including the preference of REBs for Eurocentric conceptualizations of what does or does not constitute “ethical research conduct”, and the privilege accorded liberal notions of the “autonomous individual participant”.