Dr. Kathleen Absolon (Minogiizhigokwe) discusses her new book: “KAANDOSSIWIN: How We Come to Know.”
Tuesday, July 17, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm.
Educational Studies, Ponderosa G, Lounge, 2044 Lower Mall @ The University of British Columbia
Indigenous methodologies have been silenced and obscured by the Western scientific means of knowledge production. In a challenge to this colonialist rejection of Indigenous knowledge, Anishinaabe researcher Kathleen Absolon examines the academic work of fourteen Indigenous scholars who utilize Indigenous worldviews in their search for knowing. Through an examination not only of their work but also of their experience in producing that work, Kaandossiwin describes how Indigenous researchers re-theorize and re-create methodologies. Understanding Indigenous methodologies as guided by Indigenous paradigms, worldviews, principles, processes and contexts, Absolon argues that they are wholistic, relational, inter-relational and interdependent with Indigenous philosophies, beliefs and ways of life. In exploring the ways Indigenous researchers use Indigenous methodologies within mainstream academia, Kaandossiwin renders these methods visible and helps to guard other ways of knowing from colonial repression.
Dr. Kathleen E. Absolon is Anishinaabe kwe from Flying Post First Nation. She is an associate professor and teaches wholistic knowledges in the Aboriginal Field of Study, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University.
Sponsors: Faculty of Education’s Indigenous Education Institute of Canada, Associate Dean for Indigenous Education, Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE), and the EdD Program in Educational Studies.
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