Presentation by Dr. Sean Wilson, “Conducting a Research Ceremony, or How to Catch Fish”, Oct 14, 2015, 10:30 am – 12 noon

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Dr. Shawn Wilson, Indigenous author of “Research as Ceremony” will be a featured speaker on Oct 14, 2015, 10:30 am – 12:00 noon at the UBC Longhouse- Sty-Wet-Tan Hall, 1985 West Mall. Everyone is welcome.

Title: “Conducting a Research Ceremony, or How to Catch Fish.”

Standardized testing, key performance indicators and demonstrable learning outcomes may not have much relevance to traditional Indigenous Knowledge.  However, in order to ensure our survival for these past several millennia, Indigenous people have developed ways of evaluating behaviour.  Indigenous axiology considers how we evaluate everything from the abstract and conceptual to the practical and mundane: What is good or bad for our communities? Which topics are worth researching? Is this food healthy for my grandchildren? How do I peer-review this article for the International Journal of Indigenous Peoples? Recognizing the importance of sakihiwawin allows us to evaluate our relationships with the world and guide our actions. Rather than delivering on KPIs, sakihiwawin helps us answer the more important question, “Who am I going to go fishing with?”

Sponsors: SAGE, UBC: Indigenous Education Institute of Canada & NITEP (Faculty of Education); First Nations & Indigenous Studies (Faculty of Arts); and the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, Social Justice & the Indigenous Pedagogies Network (Faculty of Arts). Thanks to the First Nations House of Learning for use of the Longhouse.

Oct 14, 2015. 12:30 – 2:00 pm. Graduate students and faculty are invited to join Dr. Shawn Wilson for an informal discussion and light lunch at Scarfe 308A. Bring your questions for discussion; there will not be a presentation.

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