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Research is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods

February 10, 2014

Shawn Wilson

Shawn Wilson, B.Sc. (U of Manitoba, Canada), M.A. (U of Alaska, USA), PhD. (Monash University, Australia).


Join Red River College and Dr. Shawn Wilson, a Manitoba-born Indigenous people research expert visiting from Australia, to learn about and explore the realm of Indigenous research.
Wilson’s recent book, entitled “Research is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods” (2008) examines the philosophy underlying Indigenous peoples’ research methodologies in Canada and Australia. He will deliver a presentation to share what he has learned through his deep research, while reflecting specifically on the following themes:

  • Assisting aboriginal communities through applied research
  • Engaging more members of the aboriginal community in applied research opportunities at Red River College

You can attend this presentation either in person or view it live through streaming video.

Date: March 3, 2014
Time: Noon – 1 p.m. (light lunch included for in-person attendees)
Venue: White Lecture Theatre – 2055 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg
Register to attend in-person: Click here
Register to view live/online: Click here

Dr. Wilson has agreed to be available to Red River College faculty and staff for one-on-one meetings, as well as in-class lectures for the entire week of March 3 to 6.
Please contact Eric Wilson (no relation) at erwilson@RRC.CA to coordinate further meetings or lectures ahead of his March 3rd presentation.
Dr. Shawn Wilson is an Opaskwayak Cree from northern Manitoba, Canada. His main area of expertise is in research methodology and epistemologies, particularly in ways of knowing and conducting research used by Indigenous peoples. He has applied these methodologies and epistemologies within the contexts of Indigenous education, counselling and counsellor education, Indigenous mental health and general Indigenous studies through comparison between Indigenous peoples internationally. His current role is in building research capacity with primary health care workers. In his previous book Gwitch’in Native Elders: Not just knowledge but a way of looking at the world, he began to document some ideas about just what an Elder is and how they can be supported. Dr. Wilson’s more recent book Research is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods (2008) examines some of the similarities in philosophy underlying Indigenous peoples’ research methodologies in Canada and Australia. In addition to further articulating Indigenous philosophies and research paradigms, his research focuses on the inter-related concepts of identity, health and healing, culture and well-being.