Employing a reflexive and co-constructed narrative analysis, this article explores our experiences as a non-Indigenous doctoral student and a First Nations research assistant working together within the context of a community-based participatory Indigenous geography research project. Our findings revealed that within the research process there were experiences of conflict, and opportunities to reflect upon our identity and create meaningful relationships. While these experiences contributed to an improved research process, at a broader level, we suggest that they also represented our personal stories of reconciliation. In this article, we share these stories, specifically as they relate to reconciliatory processes of re-education and cultural regeneration. We conclude by proposing several policy recommendations to support research as a pathway to reconciliation in Canada.
We wish to acknowledge Dr. Chantelle Richmond's Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, and Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award.
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Indigenous Geographies: Research as Reconciliation. The International Indigenous Policy Journal, 8(2)
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