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Resources for Decolonizing Your Teaching

This list offers resources to support a path towards decolonizing our teaching.

Indigenous Approaches to Research

Archibald, J., & Smith, L. (2019). Decolonizing research : Indigenous storywork as methodology. London: ZED Books LTD.

Chilisa, B. (2012). Indigenous research methodologies. Thousand Oaks, Calif: SAGE Publications.

Datta, R. (2018). Decolonizing both researcher and research and its effectiveness in Indigenous researchResearch Ethics14(20), 1-24.  

Lambert, L. (2014). Research for indigenous survival : Indigenous research methodologies in the behavioral sciences. Pablo, Montana: Salish Kootenai College Press.

Decolonizing methodologies book coverSmith, L. T. (2012). Decolonizing methodologies: Research and Indigenous peoples (2nd ed.). London: Zed Books.  Concerned “not so much with the actual technique of selecting a method but much more with the context in which research problems are conceptualized and designed, and with the implications of research for its participants and their communities.” (p. 19-20).Research is Ceremony book cover

Wilson, S. (2008). Research is ceremony : Indigenous research methods. Halifax: Fernwood Pub. 

Younging, G. (2018). Elements of Indigenous style: A guide for writing by and about Indigenous peoples. Edmonton, AB: Brush Education Inc.


Key Reading

Wilson, S. (2001). What is an Indigenous research methodology? Canadian Journal of Native Education, 25(2): 175-179. Describes context of "relational accountability".

The First Nations principles of OCAP® are a set of standards that establish how First Nations data should be collected, protected, used, or shared. They are the de facto standard for how to conduct research with First Nations in Canada. OCAP stands for:

  • Ownership
  • Control
  • Access
  • Possession