Cultural Revitalization, Preservation and Connection to the Land in the Mixed Economy of the NWT

Regions: North Slave Region

Tags: social sciences, land reclamation, decolonization

Principal Investigator: Coad, Abigale (1)
Licence Number: 16793
Organization: Queen's University
Licensed Year(s): 2021
Issued: Mar 09, 2021

Objective(s): To determine the definition of decolonization to Dene peoples and the importance of Indigenous resurgence and land reclamation in the NWT.

Project Description: This licence has been issued for the scientific research application No.4911.

By conducting interviews with a Yellowknife organization (Dene Nahjo), this thesis seeks to determine the definition of decolonization to Dene peoples and the importance of Indigenous resurgence and land reclamation in the NWT.

Decolonization and the NWT will combine community-based research with archival analysis from Dene Nahjo publications, communications and materials etc. With a commitment to community-informed research, on-the-ground engagement via interviews (one-on-one and group) are an effective methodological form of data collection when working with marginalized groups.

For the proposed research, the Principal Investigator (PI) will work with Dene Nahjo to learn from their decolonizing efforts; initiatives, programs and mandate. In the commitment to community-based research, participant selection will be guided by Dene Nahjo. One-on-one and group interviews will occur with whomever the organization decides is best suited to inform on the Dene Nahjo’s efforts. The PI will make the assumption that those chosen will be staff, participants of Dene Nahjo programming or Elders. The PI is aware of the intellectual, emotional, organizational and social resources that will be used to complete this research. The PI committed to having open-honest communication, respecting local norms and honouring community knowledge. The interviews will be semi-structured and conducted via Zoom or Microsoft Teams. Group interviews with 2-3 participants will occur at Dene Nahjo’s discretion in efforts to respect time and encourage efficient data collection.

An initial email has been sent to the determined interest of the participating organization (Dene Nahjo). If Dene Nahjo decides to participate, consistent and open communication that honours local norms and expertise will be maintained throughout the entirety of the study. The communication strategy commits to a respectful, reciprocal and horizontal research relationship with the participating organization conducted via phone, email or video meetings.

The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from March 10, 2021 to December 31, 2021.