Indigenous Research Methods in Action

Indigenous Research Methods in Action

Speaker series

The series will showcase SFU researchers who engage in Indigenous Research Methods and highlight how these methods have been used in practice. Participants will deepen their understanding of Indigenous Research Methodologies by hearing from researchers who have experience doing this work. 

About the speakers

Dorothy Christian

Dorothy Christian: a woman smiling, wearing glasses and a shawl, with her hair in a long braid.

Dorothy Cucw-la7 Christian’s cultural roots are in Splatsin, one of the 17 communities of the Secwepemc Nation.  She is the eldest of 10, has one daughter and over 65 nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and as of May 2021 she became a great, great Auntie.  

Her research centralizes and privileges Indigenous knowledge systems, which illustrates the key roles of land, story, and cultural protocols.  Dorothy Cucw-la7 locates herself in the “cultural interface” (Nakata, 2002) – the place where Indigenous peoples have agency and meet Settler cultures without being bogged down and paralyzed by the usual colonial binaries. Her PhD research articulated some of the complexities of Indigenous research methodologies.  

The major themes of Dorothy’s work are:  Indigenous representation, Indigenous Visual Sovereignty and Aesthetics in Visual Narratives, Alliance building with white and people of color Settler cultures, and Reconciliation from her Secwepemc-Syilx perspective. 

She continues to serve in the Indigenous Film and Television sector as a Board Member of the Indigenous Screen Office in Toronto.  Dorothy has curated a 2018 program, The Voices From The Western Regions of Turtle Island, and she programmed the Victor Masayesva, Jr. Retrospective, Dawsoma:  Making Meaning at the ImagineNative film festival in Toronto -– the largest Indigenous film festival in the world.  

 

Lyana Patrick 

Lyana Patrick: A woman stands among trees in the west coast temperate rain forest, wearing a fuchsia jacket and smiling.

Lyana Patrick is Dakelh from the Stellat’en First Nation and Acadian/Scottish. She has worked in communications and education for over two decades. She was Education Coordinator in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia where she worked on curriculum development, managed education programs, and promoted knowledge translation of Indigenous research findings to health care providers and health sciences students. She has worked on evaluation projects connected to Indigenous health and education, including for the City of Vancouver where she helped design community engagement for a municipal poverty reduction strategy. She received a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship to pursue a PhD in the School of Community and Regional Planning where in 2019 she became the first Indigenous PhD graduate.

Lyana is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences where her work focuses on the intersection of Indigenous health, planning and justice. She incorporates film and other multimedia in her work and is committed to public scholarship as a creative and collaborative process of exploration with Indigenous communities.

 

Indigenous Research Methods in Action featuring Lyana Patrick

About the workshop

A cornerstone of community-based research is appropriate, respectful, community-led engagement. In this talk, Lyana Patrick will share her experiences engaging with Skookum Lab over the last two years – a social innovation lab convened by the Surrey Urban Indigenous Leadership Committee to look at Indigenous child and youth poverty in Surrey. She will share some of the creative, arts-based community engagement methods used by Skookum Lab and how these approaches supported community-based research during a global pandemic.

This talk is part of a series that will showcase SFU researchers who engage in Indigenous Research Methods. 

 About the speaker

Lyana Patrick is Dakelh from the Stellat’en First Nation and Acadian/Scottish. She has worked in communications and education for over two decades. She was Education Coordinator in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia where she worked on curriculum development, managed education programs, and promoted knowledge translation of Indigenous research findings to health care providers and health sciences students. She has worked on evaluation projects connected to Indigenous health and education, including for the City of Vancouver where she helped design community engagement for a municipal poverty reduction strategy. She received a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship to pursue a PhD in the School of Community and Regional Planning where in 2019 she became the first Indigenous PhD graduate. Read more about Lyana Patrick.

Land acknowledgement

Elder Margaret George
Skawahlook First Nation 

Elder Margaret was born in Skawahlook First Nation and was raised in Ruby Creek by her grandparents. She attended school on her reserve and graduated from UBC. She has been involved in a variety of events and activities within the Tsleil-Waututh community, where she lives, and is very active in the broader Vancouver community area as well.

Margaret is one of the Elders in the SFU Elders Program where she enjoys working with SFU Indigenous students and the broader SFU community.

Register for upcoming workshops

DatesLocation
Monday, February 14, 2022 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

 

Date(s)
Starting in January
Location
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)
Contact for further information
research-commons@sfu.ca