Relational Flow Frames: Conducting Relationship-based Research in an Aboriginal Community


The Relational Flow Frames have four components built on the relational accountability work of Shaun Wilson: relational emergence, relational flow, relational convergence, and relational continuity. Relational Flow Frames emerged through a study of the lived experiences of high school graduates from the Tłįchǫ community of Behchokö, Northwest Territories. An initial plan for purposive sampling evolved into a form of snowball sampling better described as relational sampling. Four relational research principles were defined and then later refined through research documenting a model of the Tłįchǫ Community Action Research Team. The Relational Flow Frames may be useful to other non-Aboriginal researchers working in northern communities.

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