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November 13, 2023
The McMaster Indigenous Research Institute (MIRI) has created a much-needed guide for researchers whose work engages with Indigenous Peoples and communities.
The MIRI Indigenous Research Primer emphasizes the need for meaningful, respectful and ethical collaboration at every step of the way in all research, and offers guidance to ensure this need is met.
The primer offers guidance on community-based participatory research with communities, rather than the outdated and unethical practice of research on them; Indigenous methodologies and research paradigms, and what to do if a community does not consent to proposed research.
Launched this fall, the primer is very much a living document — an ongoing work that will continue to expand, grow and evolve, says lead creator and MIRI research coordinator Katelyn Knott.
“It’s been a labour of love,” Knott said at the primer’s launch event, held at the McMaster Museum of Art in September. She spoke surrounded by powerful works of art from the museum’s Chasm exhibition, which critiques the power dynamics of colonialism, especially where it affects Indigenous and Black people.