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McMaster professors lead SSHRC-funded research on Indigenous research sovereignty

Drs. Michelle Dion (Political Science) and Chelsea Gabel (Health, Aging, and Society) have been awarded one of 28 Knowledge Synthesis Grants as part of SSHRC's Imagining Canada's Future initiative. The funding announcement was made by Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science in Ottawa.

Mar 21, 2017

Indigenous futures: Research sovereignty in a changing social science landscape

Michelle L. Dion, Political Science, McMaster University

Chelsea Gabel, Health, Aging, and Society and Indigenous Studies, McMaster University

Technological changes are ushering in a new era of social sciences data collection by researchers and government, including data collected on Indigenous individuals and communities. The social sciences have also become increasingly technical, with particularly sophisticated quantitative methodologies. Without sufficient resources to support and develop Indigenous peoples’ ability to keep up with these changes, and to critique, participate in and lead such research in their communities, Indigenous perspectives are at risk of being ignored or undervalued. This is particularly vital in instances of evidence-based policy-making.

This knowledge synthesis project will examine methodological trends in social science research on Indigenous issues in Canada and, in particular, the participation of Indigenous scholars and communities. This information will be used to determine the resources needed to ensure equal participation and self-determination of Indigenous peoples in social science research.

“The current Canadian government’s commitment to evidence-based policy-making increases the urgency of ensuring that Indigenous peoples have the institutional, organizational, and human resources to actively critique, participate in and lead social science research with clear policy implications.” – Michelle L. Dion

In addition to Drs. Dion and Gabel, the project team includes Dr. Claudia Diaz Rios (2016 Ph.D, Political Science, McMaster), Kelsey Leonard (PhD student, Political Science, McMaster), Sydney Oakes (Senior Policy Advisor, Chiefs of Ontario and 2015 MA in Political Science, McMaster), Marrissa Mathews (MA student, York University), and Ben Manshanden (MA student, McMaster). 

Other funded projects are listed on the SSHRC site