Day: June 16, 2015
Special Issue Call for Papers
Winona Wheeler and Robert Alexander Innes
The way in which scholarly work and research has been commonly pursued on Indigenous cultures and peoples has been subject to criticism for a number of decades. As early as 1969 Vine Deloria Jr. in Custer Died for Your Sins criticized scholars for engaging in useless and objectifying research, and argued for relevant community-driven research. While community-engaged research has been gaining traction in the academy recently, community engagement has been an important dimension and principle of Indigenous research for quite some time. Since the 1980s Indigenous scholars from across the globe assert that Indigenous-focused research needs to be respectful, collaborative and useful. Today we have witnessed the shift from “Indigenous as object” of study to community-engaged collaborative research that is based on and driven by Indigenous agency.
We invite contributions from community and university based researchers, teachers, and scholars who actively and purposefully participate in community-engaged research, teaching and learning with Indigenous peoples, in Canada and around the World. Engaged scholarship most commonly refers to a range of collaborative research, teaching, and learning initiatives rooted in sustained community-university partnerships, and pursued across various disciplines and social and cultural contexts. Community Engaged Research is understood to be community situated, collaborative, and action oriented such that the research process and results are useful to community members in making positive changes. In this special issue we will profile a number of Indigenous community engaged research projects with the intent of identifying best practices.
We are seeking the following submissions: essays; research reports; conference papers, reports on research in progress; audio, artistic or visual outcomes of research; book reviews (by invitation from the Journal).
The topics directly related to Indigenous community engaged research for you to consider include:
- Explorations of the meaning(s), process(es), theory(ies), and practice(s) of Indigenous community engaged research (discipline specific or interdisciplinary),
- The nature, scope and practice of collaborative experience,
- the benefits and challenges of collaborative participatory research with Indigenous communities
- Reports on research in progress
- Audio, artistic and/or visual outcomes
- the process of knowledge co-production translation and transmission/dissemination
- evaluating project outcomes
- undergraduate Indigenous community engaged research, experiential learning, community service learning and the scholarship of engagement
- the relationship between Indigenous community engaged research and teaching shared paths and intersections
To insure the Journal secures the right and best peers to review your work, please first submit to us your shortpaper proposal (250 words) and bio (250 words) by Friday, June 26, 2015. Your proposal needs to identify the focus and content of your prospective paper, the disciplinary training of the authors, the section of the Journal you are submitting to (for peer-reviewed or editor-reviewed section), and whether you will have additional visual or audio material that you would like to include in your submission.
Please submit your paper by Friday, September 25, 2015. All submissions will undergo editorial or blind peer review. Submissions for the Essays Section of the Journal will be subject to blind peer review, submissions to other Journal sections will undergo editorial review.
Essays (maximum 8,000 words) that will be subject to blind peer reviewing should:
- Represent original, unpublished work that is not under consideration by other journals or collections of essays
- Written in accessible language, to respect multidisciplinary nature of the Journal and the diversity of our readers
- Include an abstract (200 words) and indicate up to five keywords
- Be typed, double-spaced throughout, in 12-pt Times New Roman font
- Be formatted in the American Psycholog5cal Association (APA) style, 6th edition
- Have a separate cover page that includes the names, institutional affiliations, addresses, and contact information of all authors
- Include author biography/ies (no more than 50 words per author) on a separate sheet
- Indicate that appropriate Institutional Research Ethics Board approval was secured, if applicable
- Be formatted and saved in Microsoft Word (no PDF please)
- Be submitted in two versions, one should include all information to be published, and in the other copy information to be ‘blinded’ should be substituted with blank underlined spaces. Information to be ‘blinded’ includes all text or data that will have to be removed from the essay for blind peer review purposes
Please submit via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for proposals: Friday, June 26, 2015
Deadline for all contributions: Friday, September 25, 2015
Expected date of publication: Spring 2016
Defenders of Sacred Sites Around the Globe Featured in PBS Series
In an opening scene of the documentary Profit and Loss, Mike Mercredi, Athabasca Chipewyan, describes how thrilling it was for his teenage self to get a job driving one of the biggest rigs in the world at a massive oil sands extraction area in Alberta, Canada.
Yet the allure slowly transformed to horror, as he began to understand the extreme effects of the oil sands industry, which uses heated water from Lake Athabasca to extract oil from the sand, on his homelands. The films shows nightmarish visuals of a landscape that has seen the oil sands industry denude the boreal forests, poison culturally vital fisheries and, many believe, infect astoundingly high numbers of local indigenous people with deadly cancers.
“I had this overwhelming anxiety. I walked into the office and put my badge down and I quit,” Mercredi says in the film.
Mercredi’s Fort Chipewyan band eventually hired him to create maps of sacred sites, and the film chronicles his work and those of other First Nations allies to save what they can from the oil sands development even as the Alberta government spends millions of dollars in advertising campaigns to promote the industry.
The stories of Mecredi and other sacred site guardians from eight indigenous communities across the globe will be broadcast to an audience of millions of Americans as Profit and Loss and the other three 60-minute episodes of the Standing on Sacred Ground film series air nationally on the PBS World Channel on consecutive Sundays beginning May 17 at 9 p.m. ET. The episode aired May 17 will also be aired May 20. Check StandingOnSacredGround.org for a full schedule of air times.
The indigenous subjects and producers of the films say the broadcasts are an unparalleled breakthrough for the depiction of indigenous stories on national television: An opportunity for the public to view indigenous people sharing their stories of resistance from their perspectives, learn how corporations and government often collude to circumvent indigenous rights and to gain an appreciation of how, contrary to stereotypes, indigenous knowledge and philosophy have never been more relevant in an era of climate change and mass extinctions.
“Watching the films, I was struck that even though we’re diverse culturally we all view the natural world in the same way,” Mercredi said. “If they had listened to the indigenous people from the beginning, we wouldn’t be in such a mess. Now, it’s a race against time to start ingraining our indigenous knowledge into the younger generations.”
From Papua New Guinea and Ethiopia to California and Russia, the indigenous people in the documentary series represent almost all the continents, but they face many of the same threats to their sacred sites and ancestral lands: government megaprojects, consumer culture, competing religions, resource extraction and climate change. But, producer Christopher McLeod said, the films show far more is at stake than indigenous religion.
“The sacred places are the heart where the indigenous worldview, the values and languages are anchored,” he said. “They’re a source of information and insight about adapting to climate change. It’s no coincidence the planet is dying and the sacred places are being destroyed.”
The film series is the culmination of nearly 10 years of work for McLeod and the Standing on Sacred Ground team, and he said it truly began almost 30 years ago when he was working on a film about uranium and coal mining in Hopi and Navajo territories and elders told him his work was missing an entire dimension: the sacredness of certain places and the obligation of indigenous people to care for them. Read More…
Norman Taylor Memorial Bursaries & Scholarships
Applications for the Norman Taylor Memorial Bursary Program close July 24. There are four $1,000 bursaries. Bursaries are available to First Nation, Inuit and Métis students attending university or college as a full-time student in an academic program such as Business Administration, Business Management, Accounting, Commerce and/or other finance related programs. View the guidelines and application form.
Applications for the Norman Taylor Memorial Professional Development Scholarship Program close July 24. Two scholarships of $800 are available for two applicants who wish to enroll in one AFOA Canada (Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada) online course. View the guidelines and application form.