“From using digital storytelling for intergenerational learning, to creating ethical spaces of engagement in child welfare, to giving future physicians the tools to provide culturally competent care, the first annual Indigenous Research Day at McMaster highlighted the varied, compelling and important work being done at McMaster in the field of Indigenous Studies.
The day-long event, which was co-hosted by the McMaster Indigenous Research Institute (MIRI), the Indigenous Health Learning Lodge, the Indigenous Studies Department, Indigenous Student Services, the FEAST Centre for Indigenous STBBI Research and University Advancement, featured presentations from researchers and knowledge keepers.
Savage Bear, the director of the McMaster Indigenous Research Institute (MIRI), says that, in addition to MIRI’s primary goal of amplifying the voices of Indigenous researchers, it’s important to create a space for sharing and collaboration.
“When we asked our faculty to tell us, ‘What is Indigenous research?’ it provoked these amazing conversations,” says Bear. “And so why not share that with everyone?”
“And who knows what fruit might come with this cross pollination? So, it’s very exciting to have something like this.”
BY MAUREEN LAWLOR, McMaster Daily News – NOVEMBER 2, 2022