Doing Indigenous Community-University Research Partnerships: A Cautionary Tale

Kathleen Absolon, Susan Dion


With the intention of generating critical discussion, in this paper the authors examine the complexities of doing decolonizing research within colonial institutions. Drawing on their experiences as co-investigators on a large scale partnership grant involving Indigenous and non-Indigenous partners doing community-based research in Indigenous communities, they tell a cautionary tale about confronting and working through the challenges. Specifically addressing communication, decision-making, internalized colonialism and research relationships, the authors conclude that while these kinds of partnership grants involve struggle, in the end the effort is necessary.


Indigenous, community-based research, decolonizing research, Indigenous community, partnership, internalized colonialism, emancipatory, dialogue

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