Indigenous Health Research and the Non-Indigenous Researcher: A Proposed Framework for the Autoethnographic Methodological Approach


As a non-Indigenous doctoral student involved in a community-based participatory health research project with the Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC), I endeavour to approach my research as an ally. Yet the role of the non-Indigenous researcher in Indigenous1 health research is one that is both supported and contested due to conflicting knowledge systems and world views. In this paper, I propose a methodological framework for the autoethnographic approach that provides an opportunity for non-Indigenous researchers to be mindful of their part in knowledge creation, to be respectful and accountable to the communities they work with, and to ultimately contribute to an increased space within health research for Indigenous knowledge and methodologies.

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