“To See Together Without Claiming to Be Another”: Stories as Relations, Against One-Direction Mode of Indigenous Stories Travelling

  • Eun-Ji Amy Kim Griffith University
  • Sandra-Lynn Leclaire McGill University
Keywords: primary sources, Indigenous stories, trans-systemic research, community engagement


Once communities’ stories are taken up by researchers and shared within the ivory tower of academia, the stories circulate within the ivory tower. It is often the case that these archived stories from communities are used by researchers, without asking permission from the communities where the stories originate. In this article, we aim to critically review and reflect on underlying theories and practices in conventional Eurocentric academia that allows for a ‘one direction’ mode of storytelling dissemination, allowing researchers to take the ‘version’ of community knowledge and/or stories without seeking the original approval from the communities themselves. We suggest ‘thoughtful’ questions for both settler and Indigenous researchers to consider in hopes of promoting ‘travelling back to original sources’ in their scholarly work.

Author Biography

Sandra-Lynn Leclaire, McGill University

Sandra-Lynn is a Kanien’kehá:ka and Mi’kmaw from Kahnawà:ke and graduate student at McGill University in the Department of History. Her thesis work analyzes the historical memory surrounding the Beothuk Nation in Newfoundland. Her research interests include Iroquoian Jesuit linguistic source analysis, Indigenous history, Indigenous slavery diaspora, and the history of medicine. She is also a social studies curriculum and educational technology consultant in Kahnawà:ke.


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How to Cite
Kim, E.-J. A., & Leclaire, S.-L. (2021). “To See Together Without Claiming to Be Another”: Stories as Relations, Against One-Direction Mode of Indigenous Stories Travelling. Engaged Scholar Journal: Community-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Learning, 7(1), 86 - 105. https://doi.org/10.15402/esj.v7i1.70002