Indigenous Research Primer


McMaster Indigenous Research Primer


The purpose of the Indigenous Research Primer is to guide those at McMaster University who are engaging with Indigenous Peoples and communities in their research. The Primer seeks to inform Indigenous and non-Indigenous, early and experienced researchers at any stage of their career and/or education.





The Indigenous Research Primer committee would like to send out a Chi-Miigwetch, Nya:wen Kowa to the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and Six Nations of the Grand River for their ongoing dedication to the stewardship of the land, waters and non-human beings. As members of communities that live, work and benefit from the lands protected by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Agreement, it is our hope that this Research Primer holds us as members of the McMaster community accountable to supporting the tenets of this land.

The committee would also like to thank Manulani Aluli Meyer, Hawaiian Epistemology, Kim Tallbear, Indigenous Feminist Approaches to Research, Rick Hill, Bonnie Freeman, Trish Van Katwyk and Daniel Coleman, and Two-Row Research Paradigms for informing the structure and process in the development of McMaster’s Indigenous Research Primer.

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This document serves as a “Body” for the Research Primer where Indigenous Ways of Knowing is outlined based on our relationships to our research but also, in relation to our responsibility to one another. 

Click here to download a PDF of the Indigenous Research Primer document.


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Ways of being are developed through lived experiences, something tangible, to be seen, heard, and expressed that is also informed by the land and territories we come from. Our short video clips from a variety of researchers serve as the “Mind” of the research Primer and showcase the diversity of minds and thought worlds at work at McMaster currently. Listen to these McMaster community members speak on their specific projects, and contexts. 


1: What is Indigenous Research?

2. How has research at McMaster been of benefit to Indigenous communities?

Find out more about the Indigenous Mentorship Network of Ontario and the StraightUpNorth team.


3. How have you engaged with Indigenous research methodologies? 

Dr. Bonnie Freeman, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, shares how she engages with Indigenous research methodologies.

4. How does your research embody Indigenous world views?


5.What are the potential possibilities of using two row principles within an academic setting?




The “Spirit” category is identified as an extension of the first two categories representing that which connects the body and mind. Quarterly sharing sessions entitled, Seasons of Research, hosted by MIRI will keep the Indigenous Research Primer alive by engaging with experienced Indigenous Methodology researchers and community members.  


Seasons of Research – Spring 2024

A Conversation about Prison Education


Join us for the Spring Seasons of Research lunch and learn as part of the Indigenous Research Primer with Dr. Savage Bear and Sara Howdle, PhD Candidate.

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Location: L.R.WILSON HALL 1811 – CEREMONIAL ROOM (located within Indigenous Student Services)

Free event. Lunch is provided.





Seasons of Research – Winter 2024


Two Row Research in Conversation

Join us for our first lunch and learn as a part of the Indigenous Research Primer with Dr. Bonnie Freeman and Dr. Daniel Coleman.

Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2023

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


Lunch provided.



Seasons of Research: Two Row research in conversation. Join us for our first lunch and learn as a part of theIndigenous Research Primer with Dr. Bonnie Freeman and Dr. Daniel Coleman.


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