The word itself, ‘research’, is probably one of the dirtiest words in the Indigenous world’s vocabulary… it stirs up silence, it conjures up bad memories, it raises a smile that is knowing and distrustful… The ways in which scientific research is implicated in the worst excesses of colonialism remains a powerful remembered history for many of the world’s colonized peoples. — Linda Tuhiwai Smith (Decolonizing Methodologies, 1999, 1)
Carleton’s new Centre for Indigenous Research, Culture, Language and Ethics (CIRCLE) represents an outcome of over twenty years of change in the practice and ethics of research with Indigenous peoples.
Following the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Final Report in 2015, Carleton’s Strategic Indigenous Initiatives Committee held wide-ranging consultations and drafted a comprehensive set of Calls to Action and the Kinàmàgawin (Learning Together) Final Report (May 2020), designed to ensure that our campus will truly support and empower current and future Indigenous students and faculty members. The current relaunching of CIRCLE as a research institute focussed on Indigenous cultures, language and ethics responds to Kinàmàgawin’s Call #31: We call for the establishment of an Institute for Indigenous Research with the intent of continuing, consolidating and further promoting innovative and collaborative research pertaining to Indigenous peoples, communities and nations.
In recent years, there has been increased awareness of Indigenous research ethics and practices which underscore the overall purpose of this Institute: to bring researchers, students and Indigenous communities together in a place of dialogue and understanding. This space will foster ethical, balanced, and respectful relationships between researchers and communities. At its foundation is dialogue. Speakers, workshops, community engagement, and sustained relationship building will generate research that will benefit Indigenous communities.
We look forward to the future of CIRCLE!
The Centre for Indigenous Research, Culture, Language and Ethics brings together researchers, students and Indigenous communities in a place of dialogue and understanding to foster ethical, balanced, and respectful relationships between researchers and communities.
We welcome all interested community, student and faculty researchers to be involved in the Centre for Indigenous Research, Culture, Language and Ethics! Please get in touch if you are interested or if you have any questions or feedback for us.